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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Sixers hoping Joel Embiid is ready for 20-24 minutes by opening night


The Process continues to make progress.

Sixers head coach Brett Brown said on Monday that he wants to have center Joel Embiid, who has been capped at a 12-minute-per-game limit so far this preseason, ready for 20 to 24 minutes by opening night, per Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News.

The 22-year-old Embiid has looked mobile and impactful on both ends in three preseason games so far, even on a tight minutes restriction. Limiting his time on the court will likely be just one of the measures Philadelphia takes to ensure Embiid’s health after foot injuries cost him all of his first two years in the NBA. But nevertheless, having their self-aware star in the 20-plus minute a game range by opening night (which comes for them on October 26 against the Oklahoma City Thunder) is a big and a promising step for the Sixers towards getting Embiid to fulfill his truly mouthwatering potential.

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