This would not be the best time for the Sixers to be without Joel Embiid. His status moving forward is uncertain as he battles back tightness. Embiid sat out Tuesday's loss to the Kings and could miss their next two games against the Raptors, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Embiid is continuing to receive treatment, and as of Wednesday morning, no official decision had been announced on his availability. It would not come as a surprise if Embiid missed additional time. He played 49 minutes in Friday's triple-overtime loss to the Thunder — that's basically two games worth of playing time. Embiid clocked those major minutes one game after logging 39 against the Timberwolves in OT and two games after sitting out against the Pelicans because of the back issue. The team is proceeding with caution, as expected. The goal is the playoffs, and while the Sixers need to win every game they can at this point in the season, they also will need Embiid healthy enough to be on the court down the stretch. If Embiid is not a go against the Raptors, the Sixers' already-challenging opponent becomes that much more difficult. The 20-8 Raptors have won nine of their last 10 games. The Sixers, on the other hand, have dropped seven of their last eight.
Bad timing to be without Joel Embiid
NBC Sports Philadelphia | Dec 21