Sixers coach Doc Rivers said Embiid had to test his shoulder before the game. The Sixers Changed Around Him.
Rivers said after the game he thinks Embiid might’ve been able to play had this been a playoff game. “You don’t play any back-to-backs in the playoffs typically. You get a day off in between every game. So I am not that concerned. I think Joel, I think he has built up through this year. He is in better shape this year physically. Do we miss too many games as a team? Well yeah, this year we have missed way too many games.”
The 76ers were also without Simmons, who missed his fourth straight game due to illness.
Saturday’s loss put the Sixers a game behind the first-place Brooklyn Nets and 1.5 games ahead of third-place Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference standings.