The Sixers head down to Atlanta to take on Trae Young and the Hawks Wednesday night, and they will once again be without the reigning MVP when they do so. Embiid missed practice for the second straight day on Tuesday and is officially listed as out for Wednesday’s contest.
Embiid has been out of action since last Friday due to left knee swelling. He also rolled his left ankle again in that loss to the New York Knicks.
This will be the ninth game the big fella has missed this season. A new league rule this season means that players have to play 65 games to qualify for awards such as MVP or All-NBA teams. So, Embiid can only miss eight more games for the rest of the season to meet that 65-game threshold.
The team is expecting some reinforcements as Tobias Harris and De’Anthony Melton returned to practice Tuesday. Nurse was optimistic both will be available Wednesday. Harris is no longer on the injury report while Melton is officially questionable. Harris missed the previous game with a jammed ankle and Melton has been out of the lineup for the past three games due to back soreness.
Furkan Korkmaz also participated with the team for the first time this week, but Robert Covington has yet to return to practice due to an illness and will also be out.