The Philadelphia 76ers have defied the odds since big man Joel Embiid went down with a left knee bone bruise. Dating back to the game that he incurred the injury, the team has posted a 7-3 record and is currently tied with the Brooklyn Nets for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
More recently, though, Embiid’s absence has been more apparent. In its last two games, Philly has come away with consecutive losses, falling to both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets by an average of 9.5 points.
Nevertheless, the Sixers will have to continue to find ways to win without the services of their MVP candidate. According to a report on Wednesday, Embiid won’t yet be ready to go for the Sixers next game.
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Embiid Reportedly Out vs Cavs
Per a Twitter report from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey, Embiid will remain sidelined for Philly’s Thursday night road bout with the Cleveland Cavaliers. And despite the disparity in records between the two teams, that is no small thing for the Sixers.
The rebuilding Cavaliers are currently situated in the No. 13 spot in the Eastern Conference — well out of the playoff race — with a record of 17-30. However, the Cavs have still had the Sixers’ number this season, winning each of the previous two match-ups.
In late February, the Sixers lost 112-109 in overtime to the Cavs at Wells Fargo Center in Philly. Embiid had a monster game for the home team, scoring 42 points on 13-of-22 shooting and adding 13 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in 40 minutes of play.
When the two teams met early in the season, Cleveland decimated the Embiid-less Sixers, 118-94. However, the Cavs were paced by Andre Drummond’s 24-14-3-3-2 line on that night and he is no longer on the roster.
Still, the Cavs clearly have some things working in their favor in this particular match-up. So, Embiid’s continued absence may not bode well here.
Earlier this week, Sixers coach Doc Rivers hinted that Embiid may not be back in the fold until his team’s Saturday night bout with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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