Filling in for the ill Joel Embiid, he had 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting in the team’s 113-107 preseason win over the Indiana Pacers on the road.
There will be nights where Embiid will have to sit out and the Sixers will need to turn to the bench.
“We’re going to have nights like that and we still have to win games on that night,” said Rivers. “That’s one of the things we’re trying to get across to our guys, not just because of Joel, because of this, COVID, and everything else this season. You have injuries, 72 games, we’re going to have to play short-handed a couple of nights for sure right. We’re going to have to try to win those games and I thought they did well.”
Howard started the game well by scoring eight points on 4-for-4 shooting and just being physical on both ends of the floor.
“When he’s on the bench, just trying to raise the level of gameplay that’s on the court, so he can get his break and knowing that, while he’s in the game, he doesn’t have to force anything because he’s going to play minutes he’s going to do the shots,” Howard continued.