Sixers to sit Joel Embiid Friday vs. Pistons
The Philadelphia 76ers have decided to sit Joel Embiid for Friday’s showdown with the Detroit Pistons, with head coach Brett Brown citing rest as the reason.
“After the last few games with Memphis and Toronto, it became clear through the eye test and just listening that the time was now,” Brown told reporters Friday morning, via ESPN. “So we’ve done that to help him and ultimately help our team have him for when it matters most.”
Embiid has yet to miss a game this season after playing in only 63 in 2017-18. The 24-year-old superstar is averaging a double-double every night with 26.3 points and 13.3 rebounds in 34.3 minutes of action.
The Sixers superstar has struggled a bit in the past two games, however. After a 4-for-13 shooting night in a win over the Grizzlies Sunday, Embiid followed it up with another poor outing, converting on only 5-of-17 shots in Wednesday’s 113-102 loss to the Raptors.
Embiid could not hide his frustration over his recent play after Wednesday’s setback in Toronto.
“The past few games, I’ve been so trash,” Embiid said afterward. “So I got to figure that part out if I want to help the team win some games.”
Friday’s scheduled rest is more than maintenance than anything, as Brown noted. The 76ers are cruising right along with a 17-9 record, good for third in the Eastern Conference. Allowing Embiid to rest, reboot and reset by sitting just one game likely will pay dividends later in the season.