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Joel Embiid out for Sixers at Timberwolves

The NBA’s reigning MVP will miss his first game of the 2023-24 season with left hip soreness.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid will miss their Wednesday night matchup at the Minnesota Timberwolves. It will be the first missed game of the season for Embiid.

Not only is it the second game of a back-to-back, but last night’s overtime battle with the Cleveland Cavaliers probably did not help matters. The big man played 41 minutes in the Sixers’ loss.

Embiid also had been listed as questionable a number of times last week with left hip soreness as well, but played in each of those games. This is his first absence of the season.

Embiid is averaging 31.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 6.1 assists this campaign. Any game without him is difficult, but it’s going to be even more difficult tonight going up against a red-hot Timberwolves squad.

With him sidelined, Philadelphia head coach Nick Nurse has a few options. Paul Reed will almost definitely start, but who backs up Reed will be interesting. Mo Bamba? Marcus Morris, Sr.? Could we get our first look at Nicolas Batum at the five?

The Sixers and Timberwolves will tip off at 8 p.m. ET tonight.

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