clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Joel Embiid a late scratch, Maxey, Harris ruled out for rematch vs Nuggets

Joel Embiid was a late scratch with knee soreness while Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris were also ruled out for the woefully shorthanded Sixers.

Atlanta Hawks v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Updated, 5:35 p.m.

After appearing like Joel Embiid would play in his first game in Denver vs. Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets since 2019, the reigning MVP was a late scratch with left knee soreness.

Tyrese Maxey has been ruled out due to a left ankle sprain. Tobias Harris is also unable to suit up for a second straight game due to an illness.

So the Sixers are set to take on the defending champs down four starters along with a good chunk of bench players. De’Anthony Melton has been on the shelf nearly this entire month with a back injury. Robert Covington has also been out long term with a knee injury. Mo Bamba also remains out.

The team may get Marcus Morris Sr. back after missing the previous two games due to an illness and a foot issue.

Morris will get the start in place of Harris. Patrick Beverley, Nicolas Batum, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and Paul Reed fill out the rest of the starting unit. Danuel House, Jr., KJ Martin, Jaden Springer and Furkan Korkmaz should be available off the bench. Two-way players Ricky Council IV and Terquavion Smith are also with the team and active.

In any case, the Sixers certainly have an uphill battle ahead of them this afternoon.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Liberty Ballers Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Philadelphia 76ers news from Liberty Ballers