76ers' Joel Embiid to miss 3rd straight game with sore back

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 22, 2017 07:45 AM
76ers' Joel Embiid to miss 3rd straight game with sore back
PHILADELPHIA,PA - DECEMBER 18: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers smiles after the big win and dropping 33 points against the Brooklyn Nets at Wells Fargo Center on December 18, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is sitting out a third straight game because of back pain.

Coach Brett Brown said less than two hours before Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) game against Toronto that Embiid was "probable" and would play barring a setback in warmups. Embiid didn't show any discomfort on the court, but was ruled out about 30 minutes before tipoff.

Embiid, who averages a team-best 24.1 points and 11 rebounds, has yet to play since he logged a career-high 49 minutes in last Friday's (last Saturday, PHL time) triple-overtime loss to Oklahoma City.

The oft-injured big man out of Cameroon hasn't been allowed to play on consecutive nights as he recovers from left knee surgery. He missed his two full seasons with foot injuries after being drafted No. 3 overall in 2014.

Sixers guard J.J. Redick didn't dress Thursday (Friday, PHL time) with a sore right hamstring and is doubtful for Saturday's (Sunday, PHL time) rematch against the Raptors in Toronto.

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