It’s the sports science people, looking at all the loading, looking at what he’s done, looking at what he’s about to do. It’s a sophisticated plan and I leave that with them. —Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown
SALT LAKE CITY — Philadelphia’s leading scorer and rebounder Joel Embiid will sit for Tuesday night's game with the Utah Jazz because of doctor’s orders.
Embiid, who leads the team at 20.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game as well as blocks with 1.4 per game, is sitting out for the first game of a five-game, nine-day road trip. The Sixers haven’t played in four days since defeating Indiana last Friday for their fourth straight victory.
“It’s the sports science people, looking at all the loading, looking at what he’s done, looking at what he’s about to do," said Sixers coach Brett Brown before Tuesday’s game. "It’s a sophisticated plan and I leave that with them."
Also out is rookie Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 draft choice out of Washington, who has only played in four games this season due to shoulder issues. Brown said Fultz is with the team and believes it is valuable for him to learn while sitting out, much like Embiid did for two years and Ben Simmons did last year.
The Jazz will not have Joe Johnson and Dante Exum, who are both out with injuries, while backup center Ekpe Udoh was listed as “probable” before the game because of “lower leg soreness.”