Embiid, who was out due to back tightness, has been an MVP candidate this season, averaging 28.3 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Owners of the best record in the Eastern Conference, the Sixers had gone 14-2 with Embiid but 0-4 without him before Sunday’s game.
Sixers coach Doc Rivers said before the game that Embiid is still feeling the effects of a hard fall against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.
“I don’t know if he took a step backwards,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said after Embiid was ruled out Sunday after finishing with 37 points and 11 rebounds in a dominant effort in Minneapolis against the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday. “[He’s] just still sore from the fall.”
The Sixers proved they can do it without their All-NBA big man on Sunday, closing the game on a 33-8 run after being down 16 points with 9:09 to go in the fourth quarter.