The Sixers were closing out the Portland Trail Blazers with ease on Wednesday night, and with a 22-point lead late in the fourth quarter it seemed as if everybody was getting a chance to play.

Everybody except Jahlil Okafor.

At the 2-minute, 9-second mark of the fourth, the starters were subbed out for the deeper reserve players, including rookie Furkan Korkmaz. Okafor remained on the bench. Then with just 59 seconds left to play, Sixers coach Brett Brown elected to put Dario Saric, one of his starters, back into the game.

The fans took notice and spoke up: “We want Okafor!”

Egged on by Joel Embiid, the crowd chanted over and over, roaring their plea for Okafor to take the court. The player who once led the team in scoring quietly stayed on the bench.