David writes opinion and analysis pieces, with a heavy emphasis on the four professional sports teams.

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Simmons’ injury is a problem for Sixers’ long-term plans, partnership with Embiid | David Murphy

The Sixers are much better with both Embiid and Simmons than neither. But both Embiid and Simmons have been at their best without the other, as has the team.

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Ben Simmons might be the Sixers’ real MVP. His injury means Tobias Harris must earn his contract. | David Murphy

If Simmons really has surpassed Joel Embiid in his importance to the roster, Harris will get a chance to live up to his max contract in the point guard’s absence.

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Sixers observations: Ben Simmons’ back injury, another blown lead, Tobias Harris emerges. Oh, and Joel Embiid | David Murphy

Joel Embiid was dominant. Tobias Harris was an effective second fiddle.

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Brett Brown has 3 months to save his job. Thursday’s OT win wasn’t a good start. | David Murphy

The Sixers were on the wrong side of one of the worst runs you will see in a basketball game. Ultimately, that falls on the coach.

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Sixers observations: Alec Burks’ clutch performance in an overtime win adds some drama to the rotation | David Murphy

Brett Brown's lineup against the Nets also suggests that he likes what he has seen from Robinson with the team's first unit.

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In defense of Sixers’ Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons | David Murphy

The two might not be perfect, but they have the Sixers well ahead of where most young stars have had their teams this early in their careers.

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Bryce Harper was right: The Phillies can’t trade for Kris Bryant. Or, at least, they shouldn’t. | David Murphy

The Phillies’ problems aren’t something that a trade for the Cubs star can solve. In fact, it would only enhance them.

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Have the Sixers turned a corner? Here are three big reasons the postseason could begin at home. | David Murphy

A home playoff series isn't out of the question for the Sixers. Here are three key factors that will dictate their path to the Finals, for better or for worse.

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Sixers looked better with Horford coming off the bench. What does that mean for down the road? | David Murphy

The Sixers got a big win in a game in which the veteran big man came off the bench.

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Sixers observations: Al Horford’s demotion, Alec Burks’ debut, and Philly just can’t quit Joel Embiid | David Murphy

The Sixers looked like a different team with Al Horford coming off the bench, and it didn't take long for Joel Embiid to win the crowd back in a big win over the Clippers.