David Murphy is a sports columnist for the Daily News and Inquirer. He joined the company in 2008 and spent the next six years on the Phillies beat.

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The Sixers might not be able to change Joel Embiid, but they shouldn’t want to | David Murphy

The Sixers need Embiid healthy. There’s no question about that. But they are a good enough team to withstand his absence. As long as it does not linger, this will go down as just another bump in the road.

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What Joel Embiid’s injury means for the Sixers’ depth, and which players will need to step up | David Murphy

Players like Boban Marjanovic and Jonah Bolden will be relied on heavily. But can they handle it?

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What does Manny Machado’s contract tell us about what it will take for the Phillies to land Bryce Harper? | David Murphy

It was hard to predict Manny Machado's market value, because a player like him hasn't been up for free agency like this in a while. And it's hard to say if he's more or less valuable than Bryce Harper.

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Here’s what we know about Bryce Harper: The Phillies need him, and they are willing to spend | David Murphy

Without Harper, the Phillies have a potent lineup with potentially fatal holes. With Harper, their order could lead the National League.

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Sixers’ shortcomings on defense are a significant worry for the looming stretch run | David Murphy

With J.J. Redick, T.J. McConnell, and Furkan Korkmaz, he has a trio of backcourt options that all have significant limitations on defense.

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Sixers’ depth against Celtics was lacking, but Jimmy Butler shows why the team needs him here | David Murphy

This is the Sixers’ “New Normal,” don’t overthink it. Stack your starting lineup with stars, by any means possible, and let them and the coach figure out the rest of it.

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The Sixers might lose again at some point, but their new starting five is looking championship-level good | David Murphy

Brett Brown admitted after the game that the rest of the season would require a lot of experimentation to see which lineup combo works best. That's a good problem to have.

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Markelle Fultz had no value, and the Sixers didn’t care. That says it all. | David Murphy

You could get the sense the former No. 1 pick's time in Philadelphia was coming to a close based on Brett Brown's comments.

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Tobias Harris is the perfect player for the Sixers, who are now the team to beat in the East | David Murphy

The Sixers now have what is unquestionably the most talented starting lineup in the Eastern Conference.

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Sixers' loss to Raptors raises biggest trade deadline question: Not ‘if,’ but ‘how many?’ | David Murphy

Know this about the Sixers: They are well aware of the reality of their current situation.