The Philadelphia 76ers are coming off a 1-3 road trip, with their typical issues away from Wells Fargo Center made even worse by injuries to most of their starting lineup, including Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. As the Sixers return to Philly for a four-game home stint, though, they’re starting to get a bit healthier.
According to the NBA’s latest injury report, Josh Richardson will be available and Embiid is questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. Richardson has missed the last three games after suffering a concussion in the Sixers’ March 1 game against the Los Angeles Clippers, while Embiid has missed the last five games due to a left shoulder sprain he sustained against the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 26.
As much as the Sixers need to get going, it’s (obviously) as important as ever that they don’t rush anyone back from injury. Richardson has said that he’s still been dealing with some headaches. And as always, there should never be any urge to bring Embiid back before he’s completely ready either — no matter how much the team could use him.
We’ll see when Embiid returns soon enough. For now, the Sixers can start adjusting somewhat, with Richardson returning to offer some much-needed complementary ball handling and point-of-attack defense.
Unsurprisingly, there’s still no word on Simmons, who remains out with nerve impingement in his lower back. Shake Milton has been making the most of an increased opportunity in Simmons’ absence, and his play has been nothing but impressive. You can expect to see more of the same from Milton moving forward, as Brett Brown said at today’s practice that Milton will still maintain a large role when Simmons returns.