76ers coach Doc Rivers reacts to Joel Embiid joining James Harden on injury list
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Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers announced that the team will be without Joel Embiid in at least their next two games as the center is dealing with a foot injury. On Saturday, Embiid suffered a foot injury during the 76ers' 112-109 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Embiid sustained the injury when his own teammate Georges Niang fell on him during a fastbreak. When Embiid went down, Rivers immediately started fearing the worst. "Honestly, whenever a big guy goes, my eyes go to his knees first, and then work my way down.
When I saw him grabbing his foot, I was already a little relieved, because I thought maybe his ankle. But you just don't know. Everybody is going down right now around here, so if somebody goes down, you get really scared," Rivers said, per ESPN.
Rivers now without Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey
The 76ers have been without Harden for quite some time, while Maxey is also set be out for a few weeks after sustaining a foot injury on Friday. The 76ers are now missing three of their five starters but Rivers is giving his best not to be pessimistic or negative.
"You don't worry about it. You try to get through it, you try to sneak some wins out. Any win now for us is a big win, so we try to get them, and we've got a lot of games left, so we know if we can get guys back, we'll make a run.
And this, a lot of guys that don't play, or don't play a lot of minutes, will get a chance to play a lot of minutes. There will be a silver lining here somewhere. Even if it's not sometimes one player, it might be an action offensively or defensively that we like to do that we actually like now and then when guys come back we'll do it more.
So we'll get something out of this. But like I told the guys, what I really want to find is wins. Let's find a way to win a game," Rivers explained. On Tuesday, the 76ers are playing the Brooklyn Nets. Ben Simmons, who the 76ers selected as the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, is now playing for the Nets and returning to Philadelphia.
Simmons and the 76ers didn't have a happy split as Simmons will certainly be motivated to put on a big performance against his former team.