The Sixers will be without their star center tonight, for rest purposes. Via the Philly Voice:
Sixers center Joel Embiid has been ruled out for Monday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, as part of a planned rest for Embiid with the Sixers’ schedule ramping up over the coming weeks.
Ahead of the first grueling stretch of the schedule for Philadelphia, the Sixers decided to give Embiid the night off under the “rest” designation. With six games over the next nine days — including a pair of back-to-backs this week and next — it was viewed as prudent to give Embiid the night off.
Embiid has been battling knee soreness to start the season, inspiring questions about the decision not to have his meniscus operated on following the conclusion of Philadelphia’s second-round defeat to the Atlanta Hawks.