Joel Embiid is available tonight. Despite the reasonable expectation that Embiid would rest (see: load management), he’s playing in a SEGABABA for the 2nd time this season. Good news for the Sixers not only for the very obvious reason that Joel is very good at basketball, but because the Pacers are pretty big in their front court.
Josh Richardson is doubtful with right hamstring tightness. If he sits, it’ll be the second time in a row.
An opinion from me, someone who is not a doctor: if Richardson is doubtful because its a pain tolerance sort of thing, probably better he sit and fully recover. Hamstring injuries can snowball and you don’t want to risk a more significant injury by trying to play through pain.
Kyle O’Quinn is questionable with a left calf strain. He’s missed the last three games. To replace some of O’Quinn’s minutes and in conjunction with Al Horford resting, Brett Brown relied on Norvel Pelle for 12 minutes of center play against the New York Knicks. Given that Pelle is not on the injury report (it also list players who have been assigned to the G League), it’s likely he’s remained active as a backup plan in case O’Quinn can’t go.
Jonah Bolden, Shake Milton and Marial Shayok are on assignment in the G League.
Victor Oladipo is out, and has been all season as he is rehabbing from last January’s knee injury.
JaKarr Sampson is out with back soreness, and I am sick about it. What I’d give to see another game of Point JaKarr in the Wells Fargo Center.
Edmond Sumner is out with a fracture in his right hand. He hasn’t played since October 28th.
Brian Bowen II and Naz Mitrou-Long are on assignment in the G League.
All injury updates courtesy of NBA.com.