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Joel Embiid ruled out for second half of back-to-back vs Jazz

Joel Embiid leads a group of Sixers that will not play for the Sixers Saturday vs. the Jazz.

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The Sixers will be without the reigning MVP when they take on the Jazz Saturday. Joel Embiid was officially ruled out due to left knee swelling. Paul Reed will once again start in his place.

The big fella was a late addition to the injury report today. He was downgraded to questionable right before Nick Nurse’s media availability before the game. Nurse said that in addition to treating the left ankle that’s bothered him the past couple of weeks, some swelling came up in his knee when he woke up today.

Embiid joins a laundry list of Sixers sidelined tonight due to injury. Tobias Harris was ruled out with what has been described as a jammed ankle.

De’Anthony Melton, Furkan Korkmaz and Robert Covington will all miss their third straight games due to various ailments. Melton has been dealing with back soreness, while the two reserve wings are both dealing with an illness.

Nurse seemed hopeful to have one, if not both of Harris and Melton available when the team takes the court Wednesday against the Hawks.

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