Sixers coach Doc Rivers gives injury updates on Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris

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The Philadelphia 76ers are coming off a very physical two-game home series with the Boston Celtics where there were a lot of bumps and bruises taken and that means they have to make a decision on those guys who have taken those hits. Is it worth pushing these guys this early in the season?

For example, Joel Embiid is still listed as questionable for Saturday’s road matchup with the Detroit Pistons with back tightness. He mentioned after Friday’s win that he was a little sore and that is something that will be worth watching ahead of tipoff.

In his pregame availability, coach Doc Rivers also threw in Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons into that “questionable” pool as both players are dealing with injuries.

“No, I don’t know,” said Rivers. “Joel, Tobias, Ben, they all kind of got banged up yesterday so we’ll see.”

The Sixers have been playing some strong basketball as of late and they need their guys to play in order to build the chemistry the team needs. Even though they’re considered questionable, Rivers does expect them to play on Saturday ahead of the 8 p.m. EST tip from Little Caesars Arena.

“I think they’re all going to play, but I can’t tell you they’re not,” Rivers added. “So I don’t want you mad at me or anything, they don’t play. I don’t really know right now, but I do think they’re all gonna play. I want them to be smart about it too. They all kinda took hits last night and just, hopefully, natural stiffness, backs I think, (for) all. I think they’ll be all good.”

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