Philadelphia 76ers C Joel Embiid has been ruled out for Sunday’s scrimmage against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to tightness in his right calf. Embiid is being listed as day-to-day and will be re-evaluated on Monday. The injury was sustained during the Sixers’ first scrimmage against the Grizzlies on Friday. Here’s what coach Brett Brown told ESPN’s Tim Bontemps on the injury:
“Not really,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said when asked if there is any frustration about Embiid missing time with an injury. “It’s the second game.
“If this had happened three to four games into what we are calling the regular season, [yes]. There is always frustration, selfish frustration, and I know frustration, at times, for Joel. But initially, [we’re] just trying to be smart with everything and move on.”
It didn’t take long for the Sixers to lose one of their All-Stars, which is incredibly frustrating considering what they’ve had to deal with all season long. Ben Simmons had a back issue before the outbreak stopped the season. Now, Embiid is back on the bench and we’ll see if he’ll get healthy enough to be ready for the seeding round opener against the Pacers on August 1.
I wouldn’t overreact much to this news in terms of bets. The Sixers are favored by 5.5 points against the Pacers, who are down C Domantas Sabonis. As long as Embiid is OK, Philly should still be favored and this spread is still appealing. The O/U is 210.5, which also seems like a decent number to lean on the UNDER if Embiid isn’t 100% but ends up playing.
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