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Doc Rivers had a quick hook for Joel Embiid in Sixers’ blowout loss to Hawks

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He played only 3:46 of the second half as coach Doc Rivers saw the game slipping away. With the team scheduled to come back to Philadelphia to face the Miami Heat on Tuesday, Rivers pulled Embiid. “We weren’t gonna wait long. We got Tyrese out, we got Danny out, this is honestly more of a game about getting our guys some run at the end of the day. We stood out the game hoping we could steal one, but once you saw that wasn’t gonna happen, it was more about me getting guys a couple of reps up and down the floor.”

With the decision to rest Embiid, the Sixers turned their focus to the Heat on Tuesday. They also had to get other guys reps, notably Mike Scott, who returned to the lineup for the first time since New Year’s Eve.

“Mike Scott, getting some run, and then trying to get our guys out to be ready for tomorrow,” Rivers added with a laugh.

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