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Joel Embiid ruled out for matchup vs. Magic

Joel Embiid, the reigning East Player of the Week, will miss his second straight game vs. the Magic with an ankle sprain.

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The 76ers have officially ruled out Joel Embiid for Wednesday night’s game against the Orlando Magic, announcing that he has yet to join the team on this roadtrip. This will be the second straight contest Embiid has missed due to a left ankle sprain he suffered last Friday against the Toronto Raptors.

The Sixers fell to 0-4 without Embiid, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, when they lost on Christmas Day to the Miami Heat. So the team will get another crack to get their first win of the season without the big fella in the lineup.

The Sixers will hopefully be getting back more reinforcements on the wing soon. Nick Nurse told reporters today at practice that Nico Batum participated today, and is in the final part of his ramp-up process as he returns from a pulled hamstring.

He is also still out for Wednesday, but Nurse said last week that this road trip was the target for his return. Batum last played on Dec. 18 in a loss to the Chicago Bulls.

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