Joel Embiid to sit vs. Magic, due to injury maintenance
NBA.com Global on Nov 14, 2019 08:01 AM
FILE - PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 8: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks the ball against the Guangzhou Long Lions during a preseason game on October 8, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
All-Star center Joel Embiid will not be suiting up today when the Philadelphia 76ers visit the Orlando Magic. The NBA's official injury report has Embiid listed as out for injury maintenance and left knee soreness.
Joel Embiid is OUT tonight— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) November 13, 2019
(Injury maintenance. Left knee soreness)
I’m told this is just part of the overall plan for Joel Embiid so that he is ready for the playoffs#PhilaUnite pic.twitter.com/E3BjWOY3XZ
Today's game is the second in two days for the Sixers after they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-97 on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). Embiid powered that victory with 27 points and 16 rebounds, including the go-ahead dunk with 13.2 seconds left.
Embiid missed two games earlier this season because of a two-game suspension levied by the NBA after his scuffle with the Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns. He also missed the Sixers' game against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 26 (Oct. 27, PHL time) because of an ankle injury.
Overall, Embiid has appeared in seven of Philadelphia's 10 games this season, averaging 23 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.7 blocks per game. Last season, Embiid missed eight games because left knee soreness and was plagued by similar knee issues throughout the Sixers' 2019 playoff run.
Aside from Embiid being out tonight, reserve guard Trey Burke is listed as questionable with left calf tightness.