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Nick Nurse looking for other Sixers to step up in wake of Joel Embiid’s injury

As the Philadelphia 76ers now move forward in the wake of Joel Embiid’s injury, they now have to find a way to stay afloat despite missing arguably the best player in the game right now.

Embiid was diagnosed with a meniscus injury in his left knee and will be out through at least the weekend. That means he will certainly miss Saturday’s contest with the Brooklyn Nets as the Sixers figure out the best treatment plan for him. He will most likely miss more time than just Saturday’s game, but that remains to be seen.

The Sixers got some big contributions from up and down the roster in Thursday’s win over the Utah Jazz in place of Embiid. Tyrese Maxey scored a career-high 51 points, Tobias Harris added 28 and 10 rebounds, and Kelly Oubre Jr., Patrick Beverley, Paul Reed, and Mo Bamba all made big plays down the stretch.

“I think that obviously Tyrese, Tobias are kind of our focal points of our offense anyway even with Joel out there and obviously shift up a gear,” coach Nick Nurse told reporters. “We really need Kelly to now kind of make sure he’s involved and he’s got to kind of play the Tobias role where he’s got to be in the 16-to-20-plus range, right? And we got to make sure we get him in enough actions to do that.”

Nurse is right. The Sixers will need others to step up and produce amid Embiid’s absence. That means somebody like Oubre is going to play a big role in Philadelphia’s success with the big fella dealing with this injury.

The Sixers are currently 4-9 when Embiid sits. While Philadelphia isn’t sure if the reigning league MVP will miss a week or a month, it will need other players to step up and produce in order to come away with wins. The Sixers cannot afford to slide in the Eastern Conference standings anymore than they already have.

Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire