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Joel Embiid playing through painful knee injury to help 76ers overcome Ben Simmons’ absence, per report

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According to Shelburne, “There is a sense that maybe he should sit a game or two to get that knee right,” but Embiid is playing through the pain because of the absence of Ben Simmons. The two of them create the overwhelming majority of Philadelphia’s shots and were the anchors of their excellent defense last season, but with Simmons still sitting out because he does not feel mentally ready to play, Embiid “Wants to show leadership.”

CBS Sports HQ Newsletter Your Ultimate Guide to Every Day in Sports We bring sports news that matters to your inbox, to help you stay informed and get a winning edge. As Shelburne noted, Embiid’s shooting in particular has taken a significant dip. There is no telling when Simmons might return to help alleviate some of Embiid’s responsibility, but for now, the 76ers are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

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