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Sims turns from contributor to towel waver

Once a regular in the 76ers' rotation, Henry Sims is now Mr. Missing In Action.

The power forward/center received did not play coach's decision in the past three games.

"I would suspect that he wouldn't be [OK with becoming a bystander]," coach Brett Brown said after Thursday's practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "I wouldn't blame or begrudge him at all. He's a competitor.

"That's just where we are at."

Not playing him allows the Sixers to give much-needed playing time to Furkan Aldemir. When he's played, Sims has been effective, averaging 8.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in 19.7 minutes.

"I feel like I got a good handle on Henry," Brown said of knowing what Sims brings to the team. "The thing with Henry is if you look at our bench when he's not playing, he blows me away with what a good teammate he is.

"He's always the first person up swinging a towel, greeting people off the floor."

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