Joel Embiid out vs. Jazz due to ‘load management’ by Sixers
The Philadelphia 76ers are off to a promising start to the 2017-18 season, winning five out of their first nine games.
A major part of that success has been the play of rising star center Joel Embiid, who has been a steady force on both ends of the floor while playing a consistent amount of minutes on the floor. However, the 76ers have announced that Embiid will be out for Tuesday’s game against the Utah Jazz for precautionary reasons, according to Kyle Neubeck of The Philly Voice.
Joel Embiid will miss tomorrow night’s game due to “load management” by Sixers. Available for Thursday vs. Sacramento.
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) November 6, 2017
This plan of action is par for the course given that the 76ers have put a minute restriction on Embiid to start the season. He has been averaging 27.6 minutes per contest while topping just 30 minutes once over that span and sat out the second game of back-to-backs.
Although Embiid has shown no reason for a cause for concern health-wise, Philadelphia has no interest in risking anything at this point in time. The team is off to a promising start to the season behind the play of their young core led by Embiid and stellar rookie Ben Simmons.
This may not be to the 23-year-old’s liking, but nights off like this periodically throughout the season could bode well for him in the long-term.