Sixers' center Joel Embiid will sit out of tonight's game against the Detroit Pistons with a sprained right ankle. Embiid reported discomfort following the Sixers' season opener against the Boston Celtics.
On Saturday morning, Embiid participated in the first part of the shootaround before making the decision in collaboration with the Sixers medical staff to sit out.
Embiid will continue to do rehab on his right ankle this afternoon.
Head coach Brett Brown is still figuring out his starting lineup but said they do feel more equipped than in years past.
"We probably will have more answers than we have in the past," Brown said following the Sixers shootaround, pointing to both Al Horford and Kyle O'Quinn.
O'Quinn had an impactful, albeit brief, three minutes in the fourth quarter Wednesday, knocking down a three from the top of the arc, along with a bucket inside.
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"He's somebody that you can't let rot," Brown said Friday afternoon. "He has value. He's got live feet, big personality, plays hard. I love it. There's a lot to love. When you do the math of how many games Joel and Al are going to play and when there's foul trouble, injury or whatever, that's the role that I've shared with (O'Quinn) when we recruited him. He has tremendous value."
In other news, Mike Scott has been upgraded to probable with a left ankle sprain. Scott suffered the injury in the first half of Wednesday's season opener.
The Sixers tip off against the Detroit Pistons tonight on NBC Sports Philadelphia at 7 p.m.
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