76ers start West Coast road trip with Embiid on the bench

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers warms up prior to the game against the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers are the only team that can stop Joel Embiid.Perhaps the best center in the East starts a West Coast road trip on the bench.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ F1 champion Hamilton avoided taxes on luxury jet – leaked docs Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The Sixers also play games at Sacramento, Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers. All teams on the trip except for the Kings have at least a .500 record. Embiid is expected to play against the Kings.The Sixers have won four straight games for the first time since January.“That means we’re growing and we’re learning,” Embiid said.J.J. Redick scored 31 points and hit eight 3s in Philly’s win over Indiana on Friday and suddenly seemed worth every bit of the $23 million the Sixers will pay him this season. The Sixers tied a team record against the Pacers with 18 3s.They will need more of that on the road from Redick — and there’s little reason to expect Simmons won’t continue to play like a top candidate for rookie of the year.Simmons had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against the Pacers for his second triple-double of the season. He joined Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only rookies with multiple triple-doubles in the first nine career games. Simmons also has five double-doubles.Embiid and Simmons are each averaging at least 18 points and nine rebounds per game and are two of nine NBA players with such averages. The only other pair of teammates on the list is the New Orleans Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.“When everyone’s scoring, doing their thing, I think it’s hard to stop us,” Simmons said.They’re much harder to stop with Embiid in the lineup.Brown and the Sixers would like to try that out on a more regular basis. 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Without Embiid, Philadelphia will be challenged to keep its four-game winning streak alive. The Sixers (5-4) open a nine-day, five-game road with their first winning record in November since 2012 and first time overall since Nov. 13, 2003.Richaun Holmes, Amir Johnson and maybe even Jahlil Okafor will get minutes against the Jazz.Embiid and rookie Ben Simmons have made the Sixers an early season surprise, and their record is a boost for a franchise that underwent one of the more painful NBA rebuilding efforts in decades.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Something called “load management.”Oh, Sixers fans think the excuse to sit Embiid is a load of something, for sure.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogEmbiid hasn’t been hurt in months and has dominated so far, averaging team highs with 20.5 points and 10.1rebounds. His big numbers on the stat sheet finally draw more headlines than his social media posts.Embiid can just about do it all — except shed the “handle with care” sticker the Sixers seemed to have stamped on his uniform. Yes, Embiid has a medical chart as thick as a playbook, but the Sixers have decided to rest him Tuesday against the Utah Jazz as they monitor his number of games and minutes. Embiid has averaged 27.6 minutes and played in eight of nine games. He’ll miss the one four days after the Sixers beat Indiana.last_img

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