Joel Embiid set to play back-to-back games later this week
NBA.com Global on Jan 30, 2018 08:06 AM
FILE - UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 11: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots the ball during the preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on October 11, 2017 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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It looks like Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid must wait to get his wish.
A little more than a week ago, Embiid said he was hoping to play in back-to-back games by the end of January. Before last night's 122-112 loss to the Thunder in Oklahoma City, Embiid told reporters he was recently given the OK by the team to suit up for back-to-back contests. That means Embiid had a chance to be in the lineup tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks (8 ET, NBA League Pass).
However, the Sixers are playing it safe and will not play tonight. He is being held out for medical restriction and load management reasons.
Yesterday Embiid was made available for tonight's game, but still had to be cleared today. He played 36 minutes last night vs. the Thunder is and out tonight vs. Bucks because of back-to-back medical restriction/load management.— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoNBCS) January 29, 2018
The plan now is for Embiid to play in the back-to-back set the Sixers have Friday (vs. the Miami Heat) and Saturday (in Indiana against the Pacers).
The Sixers plan for Embiid to play in the back-to-back Friday (vs. Heat) and Saturday (at Pacers).— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoNBCS) January 29, 2018
Embiid has not yet played in back-to-back games throughout his young career.