Joel Embiid will miss the Sixers' next four games to minimize the risk of another aggravation of his left knee injury.
Embiid's targeted return date is March 3 against the Knicks. He'll miss games against the Wizards, Knicks, Warriors and Heat.
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While Sixers doctors do not think Embiid is game-ready, they're encouraged by the progress he's made.
Embiid practiced fully with the Sixers on Thursday for the second straight day.
"I feel great. I want to play. If it was my decision, I'd be playing," Embiid said after practice Wednesday.
"I want to play, but those guys, they know what they're doing. You've just got to trust the process."
Embiid has missed 14 of the Sixers' last 15 games, playing only against the Rockets in a nationally televised, sell-out game on Jan. 27.