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Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler questionable vs. Rockets

The Philadelphia 76ers may be playing without two of their best players when the team hosts the Houston Rockets on Monday night. According to Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen, the Sixers will likely be missing the services of both Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler due to injuries.

Jimmy Butler (sore right wrist) and Joel Embiid (back tightness) are questionable to play for the 76ers against the Rockets tomorrow.

Without Embiid and Butler, the Sixers’ defense might struggle against the Rockets. Particularly James Harden, who has been on a scoring rampage lately. The reigning MVP has scored at least 30 points in 19 consecutive games, and Harden will look to continue his streak tomorrow night.

Philly will surely rely on Ben Simmons to carry much of the scoring for the team. He’s currently putting up 16.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 8.2 assists while shooting an impressive 58% from the field. However, Simmons still has yet to develop any sort of shooting range. Less than 10% of his field-goal attempts are from further than 10 feet away from the basket.

Forwards Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala are expected to see a lot of minutes against the Rockets. The Sixers will most likely give minutes to Corey Brewer, a player they have signe to a 10-day contract.

The Rockets have also been hit with the injury bug, as Chris Paul and Clint Capela aren’t expected to suit up for them either.