Doc Rivers, Sixers react to now losing Joel Embiid to foot injury

CAMDEN, N.J.–The Philadelphia 76ers are in the middle of battling a ton of adversity. They are dealing with injuries to James Harden and Tyrese Maxey who are in the middle of missing time, but now they will also be missing their superstar big man.

Joel Embiid, the engine that drives this machine in Philadelphia, will miss at least two games due to a left mid-foot strain. The big fella is averaging a ridiculous 32.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists and he has thrown the Sixers on his back since the injury to Harden.

Now, after suffering an injury in Saturday’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia will have to go to battle with yet another injury to deal with. Without Embiid, the center position falls on much smaller options in PJ Tucker, Montrezl Harrell, and Paul Reed for the time being.

“We just got to play,” said coach Doc Rivers at practice on Monday. “We worked today. We worked on a lot of movement stuff offensively. We’re not going to be a big team with Tuck and Trez and Paul Reed, we’ll just figure it out and go at it.”

Rivers did say when he saw the injury to Embiid, he was worried initially, but he was also relieved when he grabbed his foot thinking it was something a little less worrisome.

“When I saw him grabbing his foot, I was already a little relieved because I thought maybe the ankle, but you just don’t know,” Rivers added. “I mean, everyone’s going down right now.”

On a positive injury note, the Sixers did get Tobias Harris back in the wake of losing Embiid and with the injuries to the other players, the responsibility now falls on Harris to lead the way.

“First, obviously, just getting myself healthy, to be able to be out on the floor, but overall, everybody’s role’s increased now, including myself,” said Harris. “For us as a whole group, just figuring out a way to have enough collective efforts to keep us in the games and be able to have an opportunity to win games.”

This is yet another adjustment that Harris will have to make in order to help this team succeed. The veteran out of Tennessee is a proven scorer in his career so if he’s ready to go, then that will obviously be a big help.

“It stinks having guys out,” said Harris. “Health has been a big thing for this whole group all year. Obviously, we want everybody to just come back and be as healthy as possible, but for everyone else is just figuring out ways. Next man up mentality of stepping up and being ready.”

The Sixers will host the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday looking to bounce back from a loss.


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Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire