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Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid says he’s still working his way back from COVID-19 amid shooting woes

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“I would never use it as an excuse but obviously I think it’s going to take me awhile to get back, especially legs and cardio and all that stuff,” Embiid said after going 3-for-17 against Boston, making him a combined 7-for-33 across Philadelphia’s past two games. “If teams are going to double me and I’m not going to get easy baskets, I have to create for myself and my teammates, and I’ve got to make those shots.”

Neither team could get anything going all night, with Boston eventually getting just enough offense to secure the win in the first game of a brutally tough month of December that features 15 games – all of which will be against teams that are currently at or above.

“But that’s two games in a row I thought the offense was lackluster. Execution is really bad right now. But, again, I’m not concerned by it. We’re going to get through it. It’s just that we’re dropping games while we’re getting through it.”

In addition to the team’s pace, Embiid also pointed out on multiple occasions that he’d like the 76ers, who have been without star point guard Ben Simmons all season as he seeks a trade away from Philadelphia, to have more ball movement. Most of the time, if it’s going to be that way there’s a lot of times where I’m going to have to be shooting over double teams.

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