The Atlantic Files 155 – Ben Simmons hurt again

The Atlantic Files
Property of Basketball Society and Alex Fischbein

NBA Bubble action is in full force and the games actually have some meaning to them. In the midst of these games, Ben Simmons has unfortunately gotten hurt again. Not all news is bad news in the Atlantic division though.

For the Philadelphia 76ers, with the news of the Ben Simmons injury, a new gameplan is going to arise. If we’re being honest, no one was really sure if the current gameplan was going to work out anyway. Joel Embiid has been a constant force in the bubble, but the supporting cast is going to have to step up in a huge way now. The way they play despite the injury could make or break Brett Brown’s future.

In completely different news, the Toronto Raptors are firing on all cylinders. Kyle Lowry is being his normal, hard-nosed self as he got into an argument with Aaron Gordon after a hard foul. Fred Van Vleet and Pascal Siakam are still big offensive threats as well as OG Anunoby. Are they a real Finals contender?

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are both playing up to expectations after their first game against Milwaukee. The Boston Celtics are just 2-2 in the bubble so far, but there’s plenty of time left for them to find their groove defensively at the same time they find their offensive groove.

Last but not least, the Brooklyn Nets are still surviving. Caris LeVert hasn’t been as big as expected, but after some great advice from the Houston Rockets, the Nets did take down the Bucks.

Listen to the full episode below!

Time marks:

2:55 – Ben Simmons injury and the Sixers

15:05 – Kyle Lowry against Aaron Gordon and the Raptors

23:20 – Boston Celtics

29:00 – Brooklyn Nets


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