Joel Embiid, Sixers struggle in loss to the Celtics

Ruben Hill
October 21, 2017

"I feel like one of my strengths is being able to play multiple positions", Horford told NBC Sports Boston. "I feel like I'm not an National Basketball Association player because I can't play back-to-back".

"This year, there's not a lot of back-to-backs", Embiid said.

However, Neubeck noted at the time that Embiid "said he trusts the doctors" and knows they're thinking about his future. He expects to play at least 20 minutes against the Celtics.

Embiid signed a five-year max extension with the Sixers a week before the season began.

Before the season began the Celtics planned on using Tatum, the 3rd overall pick in this past seasons NBA Draft, as a small ball power forward, but the loss of Hayward could ultimately force him to move back to small forward, the position many assumed he would play coming out of college.

However, he will have to sit out Saturday evening when the Sixers travel to Air Canada Centre for a showdown with the Toronto Raptors following Friday's home opener versus the Boston Celtics.

"I think that's how we have to look at it", Stevens said. "But there's a plan in place and that's what I'm going to follow". "It is a range more than it is a rigid number". I've got to check on that again.

The Wells Fargo Center was sold out and fans tailgated in the parking lot hours before tipoff, giving it a Philadelphia Eagles feel. "We've got to keep on going and win some games". Joel Embiid chipped in with 11 points and 14 rebounds on the night, struggling with his shot as he connected on 4-for-16 from the field, including 0-for-6 from the three-point line.

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