Joel Embiid out of 76ers scrimmage with calf difficulty

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid will sit out Sunday afternoon’s scrimmage towards the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder with proper calf tightness.

The Sixers mentioned earlier than the scrimmage that Embiid started feeling tightness within the calf throughout Friday’s 90-83 victory over Memphis in Philadelphia’s first motion contained in the NBA’s bubble on the Walt Disney World Resort. He’s listed as day-to-day and can be re-evaluated on Monday.

“Not likely,” Sixers coach Brett Brown mentioned, when requested if there’s any frustration about Embiid lacking time with an damage. “It is the second recreation.

“If this had occurred 3-to-Four video games into what we’re calling the common season, [yes]. There’s at all times frustration, egocentric frustration, and I do know frustration, at occasions, for Joel. However, initially, [we’re] simply attempting to be sensible with the whole lot and transfer on.”

Brown mentioned earlier than Friday’s scrimmage that he hoped to get Embiid 18-to-20 minutes, however as a substitute he completed with just below 13, scoring 10 factors on 3-for-10 taking pictures to go along with six rebounds and an help. He was the one starter to not play within the second half.

When requested if Embiid may probably miss any of the seeding video games, which for Philadelphia start Saturday towards the Indiana Pacers — with whom they’re tied for fifth place within the Jap Convention — Brown side-stepped the query.

“I imagine we’re simply getting out in entrance of stuff, and being sensible with it,” he mentioned.

Brown mentioned Al Horford, who has been benched in favor of second-year guard Shake Milton within the restart, would change Embiid within the beginning lineup alongside Milton, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons, and that he seems at Embiid’s absence as an opportunity to get Horford some prolonged minutes.

“I really feel that it is a possibility,” Brown mentioned. “Actually — not coach communicate, not political communicate, actually — to play Al extra, to place him with some totally different teams.”

Embiid averaged 23.Four factors, 11.Three rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.Three blocks per recreation whereas enjoying in 44 of Philadelphia’s 65 video games this season previous to it being suspended due to the continued coronavirus pandemic again in March.

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