Philadelphia 76ers fans sing for Damian Lillard-Ben Simmons’ trade

Philadelphia 76ers fans shouted Damian Lillard’s name in hopes of getting the six-time NBA All-Star in exchange for disgruntled guard Ben Simmons as their team held off the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Simmons have missed the Sixers’ 5-2 start to the season and remain in limbo, after failing to secure an off-season trade with four years left on their massive contract.

The prospect of a Lillard-Simmons swap is unlikely, and even more so the longer the Australian sits out in a situation that drives his trade value down.

The Under-76ers were not bothered by the ongoing Simmons saga or his absence as they delivered a 113-103 victory over Portland – their third win in a row – behind 23 points from Seth Curry.

Damian Lillard jumps a basketball while looking to the right as he is tagged by a man in a red singlet
Fans shouted Damian Lillard’s name early in the match.(Getty Images: Tim Nwachukwu)

From the front, they were also without center Joel Embiid (rested) and Tobias Harris, who was out of the game due to NBA health and safety protocols, while Danny Green (hoarding tightness) left the game late in the third period.

Andre Drummond rose 14 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and five steals, while Georges Niang added 21 points and Boomer’s favorite Matisse Thybulle had two points and three steals.

Lillard heard home fans shouting “we want Lillard” from the stands and finished with a double-double with 20 points and 10 assists left with seven rebounds.

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Norman Powell (22 points) and CJ McCollum (20) were also prominent for the Blazers.

Australian center Jock Landale was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field as his San Antonio Spurs were on the receiving end of a 131-118 defeat to the Indiana Pacers, which ended a four-game losing streak.

Landale saw less than six minutes of play late in the game, but managed 10 points, one rebound and one assist, while Domantas Sabonis had 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers.

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