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Ben Simmons vs Paul Reed, RJ Barrett Struggling

Alex Fischbein December 1, 2022

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This week on The Atlantic Files:

This week on the Atlantic Files podcast, Ben Simmons returned to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers, injuries are mounting for the Sixers with Tyrese Maxey also out, RJ Barrett has been struggling mightily this season, Giannis Antetokounmpo got in a fight with Montrezl Harrell and a ladder, Paul Reed has been balling, Kemba Walker is headed to the Dallas Mavericks, Karl Anthony Towns is hurt, and more!

We’re back after the Thanksgiving break so of course, we had to talk about the Philadelphia 76ers taking on the Brooklyn Nets and Ben Simmons’ first regular season game back in Philly. The game should have been a blowout as the Sixers had their big three on the sidelines, but the sixers won easily. Simmons had a good game, but Paul Reed had an even better one.

Speaking of Paul Reed, he’s now on his victory tour again. Doc Rivers is finally listening to the hype as Reed gets more playing time and proves why he’s worthy of it. He’s had some great games with Joel Embiid out and even continued the defensive energy as a backup.

RJ Barrett has been struggling mightily lately. His issues are indicative of the whole team’s issues, however, a lot of this starts with one of their main three offensive options. Barrett hasn’t been able to shoot well at all and has new lows in a lot of categories across the board. Is this just a rut or will he continue to struggle in this system and lose more games for the Knicks?

Another older topic that we didn’t get a chance to comment on was laddergate with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Montrezl Harrell after the Milwaukee Bucks dropped a game in Philly. This has to be one of the dumbest and funniest bits of drama in the NBA. Everyone involved in this should have just gone home and called it a night, but instead, we had everyone talking bout who’s morally right or wrong.

Then, in around the league news, Karl Anthony Towns is out for 4-to-6 weeks with a lower leg injury. Also, Kemba Walker is coming back to the league as he’s joining the Dallas Mavericks. What are the impacts of both of these events?

Finally, we have our weekly fantasy basketball and whatchu got segments!

00:00:00 Intro
00:02:46 Thanksgiving, favorite holidays, and more
00:10:17 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Montrezl Harrell, and Laddergate
00:24:38 RJ Barrett’s slump and the New York Knicks
00:37:00 Ben Simmons returns to Philadelphia to play the Sixers
00:58:43 Paul Reed shows Doc Rivers he should play more
01:03:22 Karl Anthony Towns injured for 6-8 weeks
01:07:13 Kemba Walker headed to the Dallas Mavericks
01:08:33 Big Sexy’s Fantasy Basketball segment
01:13:39 Top 5 favorite Thanksgiving foods
01:22:58 RJ Barrett’s interesting stat feats
01:27:20 Outro


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Alex Fischbein

Being from the suburbs of Philadelphia, it was hard not to become a Sixers fan during Allen Iverson's prime. Other than just the Sixers, I enjoy watching all forms and levels of basketball, especially the WNBA. Outside of basketball, I've been playing and coaching volleyball for most of my life. Also, after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, I became a Software Developer by day, while writing and hosting podcasts by night.

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