No Structural Damage for Embiid, Harris and Horford Step up in Sixers Win
The Sixers finally got a bit of good news on Thursday night, learning that center Joel Embiid's sprained left shoulder has no significant structural damage.
His return will be symptom based, and will be re-evaluated in one week.
"He's looking forward to this run home, this final third, the responsibility, no Ben," Sixers head coach Brett Brown explained. "So to learn that is exciting news."
Embiid suffered the injury during Wednesday nights loss in Cleveland.
In his place, Al Horford got the start at center and delivered with one of his best games in a Sixers uniform. Horford filled up the stat sheet with 15 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Tobias Harris also responded scoring 34 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Quite the turnaround for those two guys who combined for just 21 points during Wednesday's loss in Cleveland.
"Those two were excellent tonight and we needed it all," said Brown. "After a disappointing team performance [at Cleveland], that they would wish they could have back, for them and us to come out the way that those two did was a great sign and it doesn’t surprise me."
"Al with some timely threes, Tobias kind of grabbing the game at the end with a bucket and a great pass to Shake [Milton] in the corner. Those two players, after last night, good for them. They are good people and they work hard, and it doesn’t surprise me."
(ESPN's Kevin Pelton Talk about the Sixers playing without Embiid and Simmons)