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Embiid to play more vs. Raptors despite knee


Embiid averaged 24.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.8 blocks in Philadelphia's 4-1 first-round win over the Brooklyn Nets in just 24.8 minutes per game.


The good news for Sixers fans is Embiid is not listed on the injury report for the series opener in Toronto.


Sixers forward Mike Scott -- the hero of Game 4 in Brooklyn -- is out with a heel contusion and plantar fasciitis in his right foot and was in a walking boot Saturday.


With Scott out of the lineup, Sixers coach Brett Brown said he was considering finding some minutes for rookie Zhaire Smith .


Brown called the Raptors "a hell of a defensive team" and wants to find space for Simmons to operate freely on the court because "we can't have him play in a crowd."


Saturday's Game 1 will be Philadelphia's starting point to try to avenge last season's second-round loss to the Boston Celtics and reach a new height for this group.






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