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Joel Embiid says his new role following the Butler trade is upsetting his game


“I haven’t been myself lately,” said Embiid, who was held out of Friday’s game against the Pistons by coach Brett Brown.


“But it seems like the past couple games, like with the way I play, our setup, [Brown] always has me starting on the perimeter … and it just really frustrates me.


Heading into Friday’s games, Embiid’s 892 minutes this season were the fourth-most in the NBA, behind New Orleans point guard Jrue Holiday (946), Golden State small forward Kevin Durant (929) and Golden State shooting guard Klay Thompson (892).


It’s true that Embiid had one of his worst shooting performances of the season Wednesday night.


The coach noted that it’s clear that opponents swarm Embiid after he puts the ball on the floor in the paint.


Embiid said he and Butler are still learning how to play better together, but he’s concerned about his recent contributions to the team’s success.






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