Sixers center Joel Embiid misses another game with back tightness

Embiid was a late scratch for Monday night’s road game against Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz with what the Sixers called back tightness, capping a wacky turn of events in regards to his playing status.

The two-time NBA defensive player of the year was expected to provide the stiffest individual test for Embiid.

This marked Embiid’s sixth game missed this season with either back tightness or right knee pain.

He also missed head-to-head matchups against standout centers Andre Drummond (Cleveland Cavaliers), Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets), Jonas Valančiūnas (Memphis Grizzlies), and power forward Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers).

Danny Green said the Sixers’ losses to the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns were sort of a wake-up call after coasting a little bit.

On Monday, the Sixers were also without sixth man Shake Milton, who suffered a sprained left ankle late the victory over the Kings.

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