In the first game of the 2017-18 season, the Philadelphia 76ers came up short, 120-115 in a battle against the Washington Wizards. Surprisingly, the star of the game for the Sixers was Robert Covington, who scored 29 points and dropped seven three pointers. He helped the Sixers keep it close all the way to the end.
Joel Embiid was pleased that coach Brett Brown and his staff let him play more than they had planned on. The big center talked about he and the coaching staff being willing to listen to each other. He said he felt good physically after the game.
Embiid finished the game with 18 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and one block. He was 7 of 14 from the field and he made scoring 18 look so easy.
Ben Simmons had a very successful opening game. He displayed his ability to take the ball to the hoop and finish. Of course, his passing and ability to see the floor stood out. Simmons finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.
Here you have some comments by head coach Brett Brown after the opening game loss.