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Sixers’ Joel Embiid to sit out vs. Magic

Joel Embiid, Sixers

Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid will miss his team’s game against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night due to left knee soreness, according to Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Winters notes that the Sixers’ decision to rest the All-Star is “all part of Embiid’s overall care plan.”

This will mark the fourth game Embiid has missed this season, as he also dealt with an ankle injury earlier in the year. In the seven contests he has played, Embiid has averaged 23.0 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.7 blocks and a steal over 28.7 minutes per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the floor, 38.5 percent from 3-point range and 83.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Embiid, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Kansas, was originally selected by Philadelphia with the third overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Of course, the 25-year-old missed his first couple of seasons due to various injury issues and played in just 31 games during his debut campaign in 2016-17 due to a torn meniscus.

Embiid then appeared in 63 contests in 2017-18, registering 22.9 points, 11.0 boards, 3.2 assists and 1.8 blocks across 30.3 minutes a night while making 48.3 percent of his field goal attempts, 30.8 percent of his long-distance tries and 76.9 percent of his foul shots en route to his first All-Star appearance.

Then, last season, the Cameroon native participated in 64 games, recording 27.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 blocks through 33.7 minutes per game, connecting on 48.4 percent of his shots, 30.0 percent of his triples and 80.4 percent of his foul shots, earning another All-Star selection.

The Sixers have gotten off to a 7-3 start this season.