Just as he’s done throughout his entire playing career, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid continues to battle physical setbacks.
Then just as Embiid started feeling better, the four-time All-Star became one of four Sixers players to catch COVID-19 in November. After missing a couple of weeks worth of practices and games, Embiid finally returned to the floor after getting cleared by the NBA’s health and safety protocol.
As his performances have been up and down while he fully recovers from aftereffects of the virus, Embiid has also been battling through a mysterious rib injury, which started bothering him during last Thursday’s game against the Utah Jazz.
While Embiid played through the soreness last Thursday and last Saturday as the Sixers faced the Golden State Warriors, he was a late scratch on Monday in Memphis as the soreness signaled he needed a day off.