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Sixers’ Joel Embiid out at least two games with left mid-foot sprain

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Embiid to miss upcoming back-to-back match due to left midfoot sprain originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

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CAMDEN, New Jersey. With nine days left this month, all three of the Sixers’ top scorers in November suffered foot injuries.

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Joel Embiid was Monday’s latest addition to the team’s thorn in the injury record. A team official said Embiid will miss the upcoming Sixers games in a row – Tuesday against the Nets and Wednesday against the Hornets – due to a left midfoot sprain.

According to the official, Embiid’s status will be “re-evaluated in the coming days.” Speaking after practice, head coach Doc Rivers did not give a timeframe for Embiid’s return.

In the fourth quarter of little loss on saturday Timberwolves, Embiid tripped over Georges Niang and immediately grabbed his leg. He stayed, but the five-time All-Star said after the game that he was still in pain and left after the press conference with a limp.

On November 2, James Harden suffered a sprained tendon in his right foot. Last week he said that his rehabilitation is in full swingwhich will make it possible to return in early December. Harden ran on the treadmill after Monday’s workout.

Tyrese Maxey was out of the game with a minor fracture in his left leg. The 22-year-old said on Monday that this is the first major injury he has suffered since his freshman year in high school. According to him, Maxi plans to wear a protective boot on his left foot for about a week.

On a positive note, Tobias Harris and Furkan Korkmaz seem to be making a comeback. Harris, who has missed the last two games with left hip pain, said he’s been in some practice and hopes to play against Brooklyn. On Saturday, Korkmaz thought he was “everyday”. For the last three games, he’s been sidelined with an effusion in his left knee.

However, the list of Sixers injuries seems endless. De’Anthony Melton played through protracted problem. Rivers said PJ Tucker was “checked” for injury at halftime on Saturday, but he played in the second half and took part in practice on Monday. Sophomore quarterback Jayden Springer has a right quadriceps sprain.

As long as he remains available, lineups with 37-year-old Tucker in the center will have more players. In a small sample, the Sixers have a net rating of minus 1.6 when Tucker is in the top five. Glass cleaning. They were strong offensively (Attack Rating 123.0) and struggled defensively, although many of these problems can be attributed to matches against the Wizards and the 7’3″ Kristaps Porzingis when Embiid was sick.

Paul Reed and Montrezl Harrell are also likely to take on larger roles. 8-8 Sixers try to find solutions and almost anything can be on the table in the short termincluding much heavier doses of zone protection.

Embiid has long been central to the Sixers’ team identity, and he has taken them to a 4-2 record in his last six games without Harden, averaging 37.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.3 block shot. Neither he nor the Sixers imagined that they would find themselves in this situation after just 16 games.




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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