Philadelphia 76ers Rumors
The Sixers may decide to continue playing Fultz if they feel he’s helping the team and the shoulder doesn’t get worse. Or they could decide to sit him after accepting the fact that the 19-year-old is hindered by the injury and will struggle until the shoulder gets better. As of this weekend, there hasn’t been any consideration given to sitting Fultz. “It’s not to the point where it’s affecting other parts of his game,” coach Brett Brown said.
Fultz tried to downplay his lack of three-point attempts earlier this month. “If I’m open from three, I’m going to shoot it,” Fultz said on Oct. 9. “If I got the mid-range, I’m going to pull it. So whatever play is right for me, I’m going to go do it.”
It took just three games in the 2017-18 NBA season for Sixers’ center Joel Embiid to miss his first game. After losing to the Boston Celtics on Friday night, Philadelphia is set to travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors on Saturday. Embiid will join the team on the trip, but will not play. The Sixers held him out of all 18 back-to-back games during his rookie season last year, and he’s still yet to be cleared to play in them this season. Embiid was clearly not fond of the decision, but understands the situation. “I’m not okay, but we have a plan in place and we have to follow it,” Embiid said after the loss to Boston.
John Clark: Joel Embiid “I didnt think I got the ball enough in the post. Weve got to do a better job of finding me in the post” #Sixers
Embiid was in the starting lineup for the home opener Friday night against the Boston Celtics, scoring 11 points to go along with 14 rebounds in 28 minutes as Philadelphia lost 102-92. Asked after Friday’s game if he was OK with not playing Saturday night, Embiid replied, “Um I’m not OK with it but we have a plan in place and we have to follow it.”