Philadelphia 76ers Player News: Centers

News: Embiid delivered 37 points (8-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 20-21 FT), 22 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 41 minutes during Wednesday's 118-115 win over the Celtics.
Impact: Embiid finally got the best of Al Horford and the Celtics, as he not only dominated in terms of box score counting stats (career highs in rebounding and made free throws) but also helped his team earn a much-needed victory. It's fairly likely that Embiid will receive at least a night or two off down the stretch of the regular season. Still, he remains an elite option across all formats, and the 76ers are likely to keep pressing on in pursuit of the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
News: Embiid will return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Boston.
Impact: Embiid will return to the starting-five after being held out of Tuesday's game against Charlotte for rest purposes. In 58 appearances this year, Embiid's averaging 27.3 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in 33.7 minutes.
News: Johnson will come off the bench Wednesday against the Celtics.
Impact: As expected, with Joel Embiid (rest) back in the fold, Johnson will resume his usual role off the bench. As a reserve this season, he's averaging 3.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 9.5 minutes.
News: Patton was recalled from the Delaware Blue Coats of the G League on Wednesday.
Impact: Patton recently made his season debut for the 76ers, playing a total of 30 minutes across three games a couple weeks ago. He has spent the last week in the G League to get some extra run, but now, for as long as he is with Philly, his minutes will likely be limited off the bench.
News: Johnson will start Tuesday's contest against the Hornets, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Coach Brett Brown noted that the reason for starting Johnson over Boban Marjanovic was to "have some type of symmetry with our rotations." Across five previous starts this season, Johnson is averaging 5.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 assist across 16.4 minutes.
News: Embiid will not play in Tuesday's game against the Hornets due to rest purposes, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Embiid is coming off a monster performance in Sunday's game against the Bucks, posting 40 points, 15 rebounds and six assists across 36 minutes in the five-point victory. He'll now get Tuesday night off as part of his load management and then be back for Wednesday's matchup against Boston. Boban Marjanovic and Jonah Bolden should see extended minutes in Embiid's absence.
News: Marjanovic totaled 12 points (4-7 FG, 4-5 FT), seven rebounds and two assists across 12 minutes in the 76ers' win over the Kings on Friday.
Impact: Marjanovic played his usual role off the bench, spelling Joel Embiid periodically throughout the game. Marjanovic has been excellent on a per-minute basis this season, though his value is tied primarily to the health of Embiid.
News: Embiid accumulated 21 points (9-19 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 17 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and a steal across 36 minutes in the 76ers' win over the Kings on Friday.
Impact: Embiid was unstoppable in Friday's win, producing a monster double-double and swatting four shots for the second game in a row. In three games since returning from a knee injury, Embiid has averaged 23.7 points, 16.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 blocks.
News: The 76ers assigned Patton to the G League's Delaware Blue Coats on Wednesday.
Impact: Patton saw his first action of the season with the 76ers during a four-game stretch from March 5 through 10, appearing in three of those contests for a total of 20 minutes. He was used almost entirely because of the 76ers' depth issues at center, but those have since been resolved with all of Joel Embiid, Boban Marjanovic, Jonah Bolden and Amir Johnson healthy again after absences of varying lengths. Now a clear fifth on the 76ers' depth chart at center, Patton will head to the G League in search of the regular playing time he won't be afforded at the NBA level.
News: Marjanovic amassed 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, two assists and a block across 13 minutes during Tuesday's win over Cleveland.
Impact: Marjanovic returned after a six game absence due to a knee injury, to tope double-digits scoring for the fifth time in his 76ers tenure. The big man remains more of a situational play, considering his massive size limits his mobility in certain matchups. However, when given minutes, Marjanovic is productive and has recorded season averages of 7.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.5 blocks in 11.5 minutes per contest.
News: Embiid finished with 17 points (6-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 19 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and a steal across 34 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Cavaliers.
Impact: While he was unable to match his offensive performance from Sunday's return, Embiid had yet another fantastic game, making an impact in all facets of the game. Performances like Tuesday's will help ease owner's worries over Embiid's durability, given his recent string of absences and checkered health history. The third-year center's averaging 33.6 minutes per game this season, a total that could decrease as Philadelphia approaches the playoffs and presumably wants Embiid fully rested and pain free.
News: Marjanovic (knee) will be available for Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Marjanovic missed the 76ers' last six games and did not have a target return date, but the team apparently decided to keep his progress under wraps, and he is now on the verge of returning to action. Marjanovic put up some big numbers prior to his absence, but with fellow big man Joel Embiid back in action, don't expect him to be as productive this time around.
News: Embiid scored 33 points (11-21 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 11-15 FT) and collected 12 rebounds along with two steals over 28 minutes Sunday against the Pacers.
Impact: Embiid didn't show any rust in his return from an eight-game absence due to a knee injury. He shot just over 50.0 percent from the field and attempted 15 shots from the charity stripe in a 106-89 victory. The Sixers managed to go 4-4 in Embiid's absence, but they'll be thrilled to have him back in the starting lineup, especially considering his 27.3 ppg and 13.5 rpg average through 54 games this year.
News: Embiid (knee) will play Sunday against Indiana, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As expected, Embiid will make his return to action in Sunday's matchup against the Pacers. His conditioning is somewhat lousy though, and its reported that Embiid will play in about four-minute spurts from time to time.
News: Embiid (knee) will likely be available to play Sunday against Indiana, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Coach Brett Brown stated that he believes his star center, who has been inactive since Feb. 21 with a left knee injury, will play Sunday but official declaration of his status won't be confirmed until after Embiid goes through pre-game warmups. In all likelihood though, Embiid will presumably see action for the first time in the last eight games but will be played in short, four-minute spans or shorter however.
News: Embiid (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Pacers, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Embiid's been out for the past eight games with soreness in his left knee. While he appears to be making progress toward a return, his availability remains up in the air for Sunday's matchup with the Pacers. If Embiid were unable to go, Amir Johnson and Jonah Bolden would once again see expanded roles.
News: Embiid (knee) will not play Friday against the Rockets, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: The Sixers had hoped to get Embiid back Friday, but he's still dealing with soreness in his left knee and will miss an eighth consecutive game. With Boban Marjanovic also out, expect Amir Johnson and Jonah Bolden to again pick up increased minutes at center, with more of the offensive burden falling on Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris.
News: Johnson finished with nine points (3-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and a block over 20 minutes in the 76ers' loss to the Bulls on Wednesday.
Impact: Johnson got his second straight start on Wednesday thanks to Philadelphia's injury-ravaged frontcourt. In those two starts, he's averaged 11.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. He'll return to virtual irrelevance outside of the deepest leagues once the 76ers' starters can get healthy.
News: Embiid (knee) has been officially ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Bulls, ESPN reports.
Impact: As expected, knee tendinitis will prevent Embiid from partaking in Wednesday's contest. There is hope that the big man will join the Sixers in Houston for Friday's game against the Rockets, but coach Brett Brown noted that it would be "reckless to declare it official."
News: Patton made his season debut Tuesday against Orlando, playing nine minutes off the bench in Philadelphia's 114-106 victory.
Impact: It was only the second career NBA appearance for Patton, who missed nearly all of his rookie season following foot surgery. He underwent another procedure on the same foot back in September and was then dealt to Philadelphia as part of the Jimmy Butler deal. Finally fully healthy, Patton saw time off the bench Tuesday with the Sixers' center depth decimated by injuries to Joel Embiid, Jonah Bolden and Boban Marjanovic. Given the long layoff, Patton acquitted himself well -- four rebounds, three assists, 0-3 FG -- but he's unlikely to remain in the regular rotation down the stretch.
News: Patton could make his season debut Tuesday night against the Magic, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Patton hasn't seen any playing this year with the Sixers, but with Jonah Bolden (illness), Joel Embiid (knee) and Boban Marjanovic (knee) all out, Patton is in line to see some action behind Amir Johnson. Patton appeared in just one game a season ago and logged four minutes.
News: Embiid (knee) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game against Orlando and could also miss Wednesday's matchup in Chicago after failing to work out Tuesday, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports.
Impact: The fact that Embiid didn't participate in a workout Tuesday is a bit concerning, and it looks like he won't return until Friday at the earliest. "There's a chance he'll meet us in Houston," stated head coach Brett Brown. It doesn't sound like Embiid will even travel with the team to Chicago at this point, meaning he'd miss his seventh straight contest due to a left knee injury. The Sixers should update his availability accordingly as the week progresses.
News: Johnson (back) will play and start Tuesday against the Magic, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports.
Impact: Johnson missed Saturday's game against the Warriors due to back soreness, but it'll be just a one-game absence for the veteran. He'll likely play an increased role with Jonah Bolden (illness) out.
News: Embiid (knee) will remain out for Tuesday's game against Orlando, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: While Embiid did go through a full practice Monday, the team will continue to be cautious and hold him out of a sixth consecutive game. With Jonah Bolden and Amir Johnson both questionable as of Monday afternoon, the Sixers could end up being severely shorthanded up front, if one or both are unable to go.
News: Marjanovic (knee) did not practice Monday and remains without a firm timetable, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Sixers haven't said much about Marjanovic's knee, but coach Brett Brown commented Monday that the big man won't be back in the near future. "We should all bunker in that it is going to be longer than we wish," Brown told reporters. What that means, exactly, is unclear, but the implication is that Marjanovic's absence will likely be a matter of weeks, rather than days. Luckily, Joel Embiid (knee) returned to practice Monday and is on course to return to game action this week.
News: Johnson (back) did not practice Monday, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The veteran did not play Saturday against Golden State due to a sore back, and the same issue kept him out of Monday's session. He hasn't been ruled out of Tuesday's game against Orlando, but Johnson should be considered very much questionable until further notice.
News: Embiid (knee) went through practice Monday, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Embiid has missed the last five games while battling soreness in his knee, but his return to the practice floor represents a major step in the right direction. The Sixers haven't commented on his status for Tuesday's game against the Magic, but it seems likely that Embiid will be back on the floor at some point this week. Following Tuesday's game, the Sixers play Wednesday in Chicago and Friday in Houston.
News: Johnson was ruled out for Saturday's game against the Warriors due to upper back tightness, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Johnson played in the G League on Friday but had returned to the Sixers for Saturday's game, though he is now unavailable. Jonah Bolden will see a heavily increased role with Joel Embiid (knee) and Boban Marjanovic (knee) also sidelined.
News: Embiid (knee) said that he expects to return next week, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Embiid is battling tendinitis in his knee. Both he and the organization are looking to play things safe given his injury history, so he hasn't played since the All-Star break ended. However, it appears his return is right on the horizon, as Embiid intimated that he's looking to come back next week, which could mean as soon as Tuesday against the Magic. More information should arrive in the coming days.
News: Embiid (knee) won't play Saturday against the Warriors, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Left knee soreness will prevent Embiid from participating in a fifth straight contest. The big man will have some time to recover, as the 76ers' next game is Tuesday against the Magic. In his stead, Jonah Bolden, Mike Scott and Amir Johnson should continue seeing extra minutes.
News: Head coach Brett Brown said he does not expect Patton to be in the team's rotation Thursday against the Thunder, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Patton was recalled from the G League and appears to be healthy after a long recovery from foot surgery. However, despite the absence of both Joel Embiid (knee) and Boban Marjanovic (knee), Brown doesn't look to be ready to throw the young big man into the rotation right away. Both Jonah Bolden and Amir Johnson are expected to handle the minutes load at center for the time being.
News: Patton has been recalled from the G League, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Patton may enter the Sixers' rotation, as Joel Embiid (knee) and Boban Marjanovic (knee) are both sidelined. Patton hasn't played in an NBA game since April 1 of last season, which is his only NBA appearance. Still, it seems likely that coach Brett Brown will turn to Jonah Bolden and Amir Johnson first before deploying Patton.
News: Marjanovic underwent an MRI and a CT scan, and it was revealed that the big man has a bone bruise and mild sprain of his right knee. He will be re-evaluated in 5-7 days.
Impact: Marjanovic suffered the injury with 1:13 left in the 4th quarter of Monday's contest in New Orleans. With Joel Embiid (knee) dealing with an injury of his own and without a clear timetable for a return, the Sixers are incredibly thin at the center position. As a result, Amir Johnson and Jonah Bolden figure to play the vast majority of the minutes at the five until one of Embiid or Marjanovic return.
News: Embiid (knee) won't play Thursday against Oklahoma City and will be re-evaluated within the next few days, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: The timetable for Embiid's return remains murky, although clarity should come shortly after he's re-evaluated. He's slated to miss his fourth straight game Thursday due to a left knee injury. With both Embiid and Boban Marjanovic (knee) ruled out for the Sixers' upcoming clash, Jonah Bolden and Amir Johnson are in line to see more playing time.
News: Marjanovic (knee) will not play in Thursday's game against the Thunder, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: With Joel Embiid (knee) also ruled out for Thursday's game, the 76ers will be even lighter on frontcourt depth than usual, and this will likely result in both Jonah Bolden and Amir Johnson seeing extended minutes at center. Fortunately, Marjanovic's injury is not believed to be serious after MRI results came back negative, so the big man's absence should not extend out too much longer.
News: An MRI on Marjanovic's right knee came back negative, Philly.com reports.
Impact: The Sixers got a scare Monday night when Marjanovic limped off the court against the Pelicans with an apparent right knee injury, but a subsequent MRI revealed no structural damage. The 7-foot-3 Marjanovic, who's filled in in the absence of Joel Embiid, should still be considered very much questionable for Thursday's game against OKC, but he's not expected to miss extended time.
News: Marjanovic suffered a right knee injury during Monday's game against the Pelicans, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Marjanovic came down hard on his right knee and immediately left the game, although the details surrounding the injury remain unknown. He finished the contest with 12 points (6-8 FG), 10 rebounds, an assist, a steal and two blocks in 20 minutes off the bench. More information on the severity of Marjanovic's injury is expected to be revealed sometime Tuesday after further testing.
News: Marjanovic will come off the bench for Monday's game against New Orleans, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Marjanovic was held to just four points and five rebounds in his last start, so Jonah Bolden will get a chance to make a spot start. Joel Embiid (knee) appears to be nearing a return, so both Marjanovic and Bolden should return to bench roles in the near future.
News: Marjanovic totaled 19 points (6-7 FG, 7-10 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists and a block in 27 minutes Thursday against the Heat.
Impact: Marjanovic drew his first start as a 76er with Joel Embiid (knee) out of the mix, and he impressed in a 106-102 victory. Marjanovic secured his first double-double since Feb. 2 and was efficient with his shot throughout the evening (85.7 percent from the field). Embiid will remain out of the lineup for at least a week, so expect Marjanovic to continue to start for the time being.
News: Marjanovic will start Thursday's game against the Heat, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: With Joel Embiid out, Marjanovic will make his first start in a Sixers uniform, and he should be in for at least a slight boost in minutes. The tallest player in the NBA played between 10 and 15 minutes in his first four games with the Sixers.
News: Embiid is dealing with left knee soreness and will be re-evaluated in one week, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. The center underwent an MRI this week, which revealed no structural damage, per Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Impact: Embiid seems to have avoided a significant injury, but he'll need to go through physical therapy and load management to get back to his usual self. More information should arrive once he's re-evaluated, but there's a chance the big man will be out longer than a week. In the meantime, Boban Marjanovic, Amir Johnson and Jonah Bolden figure to hold down the center position.
News: Embiid produced 12 points (4-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block over 23 minutes in Team Giannis' loss to Team LeBron in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.
Impact: Embiid crashed the glass, leading all rebounders in the All-Star Game. He's the second-leading rebounder in the NBA with 13.5 this season. After the All-Star break, Embiid will try to push the 76ers higher up the standings - they currently sit at the five-seed with a 37-21 record which is only one game back of the the three-seed Pacers.
News: Embiid scored a game-high 26 points (7-13 FG, 12-14 FT) while adding 14 rebounds, three assists and a block in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 126-111 win over the Knicks.
Impact: The center racked up his 10th straight double-double, and Embiid is averaging 28.6 points, 14.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.1 three-pointers over that impressive stretch. He's also become one of the most dominant fantasy assets in the league from the free-throw line, attempting 11.6 FTs a night while converting 85.3 percent of them during those 10 games.
News: Embiid accumulated 23 points (9-22 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks across 37 minutes Tuesday against Boston.
Impact: Although Embiid led the scoring charge for the 76ers, he struggled shooting the ball in what was a tough matchup with Al Horford. The fifth-year center continues to expand his game in his third full season of play, and is now producing a career-high 27.4 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in 33.7 minutes per game. It appears that Embiid will be unaffected by the addition of Tobias Harris as the all-star center's averaging 25.0 points in the three games since Harris' acquisition.
News: Embiid contributed 37 points (12-16 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 11-12 FT), 14 rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 32 minutes during Sunday's 143-120 win over the Lakers.
Impact: Embiid played through an illness for the second straight game and bounced back in a big way following Friday's subpar showing. It's rare that Embiid doesn't record a single block, but fantasy owners can't complain on a night when he produces in every other category and barely misses any of the shots he throws up. Assuming he is good to go for Tuesday's matchup with the Celtics, expect Embiid to remain as aggressive as always against a team that has had Philadelphia's number over the last two seasons.
News: Embiid (illness) is available to play Sunday against the Lakers, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports.
Impact: After some concerns that Embiid won't play Sunday due to an illness, the All-Star starter will indeed play Sunday in a nationally televised matchup with the Lakers. It's remains to be seen though if Embiid will have a minutes restriction, as his average workload this season is around 34 minutes per game.
News: Embiid (illness) remains questionable heading into Sunday's matchup with the Lakers, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports.
Impact: It's reported that Embiid participated in about half of the activities during walkthrough Sunday morning and will likely play. Embiid was a recent add to the injury report heading into Sunday's contest against the Lakers due to coming down with gastroenteritis.
News: Embiid (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lakers.
Impact: The 76ers previously listed Embiid as questionable ahead of their last game Friday against the Nuggets while he battled the stomach flu. Embiid ultimately suited up and played 33 minutes, so assuming his symptoms didn't resurface after the game, he should get the green light to start without any restrictions Sunday. A final word on Embiid's status should come in the hour leading up to the 3:30 p.m. EST tipoff.
News: Embiid scored 15 points (4-17 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT) while adding 12 rebounds, four blocks, an assist and a steal in 33 minutes during Friday's 117-110 win over the Nuggets.
Impact: Matched up against Nikola Jokic, Embiid had more trouble than usual on the offensive end but still produced his seventh straight double-double and league-leading 45th of the season. His shot volume was also right around its usual level, a good sign that his fantasy value won't take a hit even with Tobias Harris now looking for touches in a Sixers uniform.
News: Embiid (illness) has been cleared to play Friday against the Nuggets, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Embiid was listed as a game-time decision due to a stomach bug, but he evidently feels well enough to take the court. He's in the starting lineup and figures to handle his usual workload.
News: Marjanovic will be available for Friday's game against the Nuggets, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Marjanovic, Tobias Harris and Mike Scott have all passed their physicals and will be available for their Philadelphia debuts after coming over in a trade Wednesday with the Clippers. Though Harris is expected to step in as the starting power forward and remain the only must-own player of the fantasy trio, Marjanovic could be in store for a decent minutes load for at least Friday's contest in the event Joel Embiid (illness) is sidelined. The 76ers are listing Embiid as questionable for the game and would only have Marjanovic, Amir Johnson and Jonah Bolden available to cover center minutes in the event the All-Star is sidelined.
News: Embiid is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Nuggets due to an illness.
Impact: Embiid appears to be dealing with a stomach bug ahead of Friday's matchup with Denver, and his status is completely up in the air as a result. He will likely end up being a game-time decision, but should Embiid be forced to sit out Friday's game, both Amir Johnson and Jonah Bolden would be in line for extended minutes in the frontcourt.
News: Patton (foot) played 12 minutes Tuesday in the G League Delaware Blue Coats' 119-108 loss to the Austin Spurs, contributing eight points (4-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Impact: Sidelined since mid-September following surgery to repair a fractured right foot, Patton was cleared to resume practicing in the G League about a month ago and finally received the green light Wednesday to appear in a game for the first time in 2018-19. The low minutes total suggests that Patton still has a ways to go to regain full conditioning, making it likely that he'll stick around in the G League through the All-Star break. Since he's not a two-way player, he should join the 76ers once the organization is satisfied with his health, but the second-year center won't be a rotation player for the playoff-bound club.
News: Marjanovic was traded to the 76ers on Wednesday along with Tobias Harris and Mike Scott in exchange for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler (quadriceps), Mike Muscala, two future first-round picks and two future second-round picks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Marjanovic and Scott are little more than secondary pieces in the deal for the 76ers, who fulfilled their desire for an upgrade at power forward with the addition of Harris. Though Marjanovic has often been a per-minute standout during his four seasons in the NBA, he's rarely received the opportunity to play even a consistent rotation role. Marjanovic's outlook won't become much more promising in Philadelphia, where All-Star Joel Embiid is averaging 33.7 minutes per game as the team's starting center.
News: Embiid scored a game-high 37 points (10-20 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 14-15 FT) while adding 13 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal in 42 minutes during Tuesday's 119-107 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: While the 24-year-old center continued to dominate the scoresheet, scoring at least 20 points for the 19th straight game while grabbing his sixth straight double-double, the short-handed Sixers weren't able to provide Embiid with enough support to avoid a loss. The double-double gave Embiid the league lead in that category with 44 through 50 games, putting him one ahead of Utah's Rudy Gobert.
News: Embiid turned in 29 points (9-24 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 11-13 FT), 17 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and a steal across 39 minutes in Saturday's 115-108 loss to the Kings.
Impact: When Embiid posts a stat line like Saturday's, the Sixers are almost guaranteed a victory, but even Embiid's massive totals couldn't turn the tide in Sacramento. The Kansas product has been brilliant off the glass, amassing an eye-popping 37 rebounds over the past two games. He's also swatted an impressive 20 balls in his previous nine contests.
News: Johnson (personal) isn't on Philadelphia's injury report prior to Saturday's game against Sacramento.
Impact: Johnson wasn't available for Thursday's contest against Golden State, but it appears he'll be ready to go Saturday if needed. He's played in just four of his teams last 14 matchups.
News: Embiid finished with 26 points (8-24 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 10-12 FT), 20 rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 34 minutes during Thursday's 113-104 victory over the Warriors.
Impact: Embiid hit just 8-of-24 from the field Thursday but compensated with 20 boards, five assists, and a pair of steals. Embiid has appeared a bit banged up over the past week or so but it has only cost him one game. He continues to put up big numbers on a nightly basis and is on track for a top-10 finish this season.
News: Johnson (personal) will not be available Thursday against Golden State, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philly reports.
Impact: The nature of the absence is unclear, but Johnson will not be an option off the bench Thursday, and he should be considered questionable for Saturday's game in Sacramento. The veteran has seen his role drop off considerably this season, and he's appeared in just four games since the start of January.
News: Embiid finished with 28 points (7-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 12-15 FT), 11 rebounds, six assists, and one block in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 121-105 victory over the Lakers.
Impact: Embiid overcame an illness to take his place in the starting lineup Tuesday, dominating the Lakers to finish with 28 points and 11 boards. He appeared to tweak his back on a failed dunk attempt and while he did check out of the game, he was able to return to close the game out. Given his injury history, owners will want to keep an eye on the injury report ahead of the 76ers next game against the Warriors on Thursday.
News: Embiid (illness) will play Tuesday against the Lakers.
Impact: An illness forced Embiid to sit out morning shootaround but, as expected, the big man is set start at center against the Lakers. In January, he's averaged 29.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.3 blocks on 50.9 percent shooting in 32.4 minutes.
News: Embiid did not take part in shootaround but still expects to play Tuesday against the Lakers, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Embiid is apparently dealing with an upset stomach, but the team expects him to be fine by the time tip-off rolls around at 10:30 PM ET. The All-Star starter sat out the team's previous game in Denver for rest purposes.
News: Embiid (rest) is expected to return to action Tuesday against the Lakers, Keith Pompey of Philly.com reports.
Impact: The Sixers opted to rest Embiid for Saturday's game in Denver, but all signs point to the All-Star starter returning to his usual spot in the lineup Tuesday night. Embiid has battled a sore back over the last few weeks, but Saturday marked just his second absence over a 13-game span.
News: Embiid will not play in Saturday's game against the Nuggets due to rest purposes, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Embiid has been playing through some lingering back soreness, and it looks like the 76ers are going to give the big man some rest after consecutive games with heavy workloads. In his absence, both Jonah Bolden, Amir Johnson and Mike Muscala should all see some extended minutes at center. Embiid is expected to return for the team's trip to Los Angeles on Tuesday.
News: Patton (foot) has been assigned to the G League and will do limited and controlled contact in practice, freelance NBA reporter Jessica Camerato reports
Impact: This is the first word of Patton being able to return to practice in some capacity. The sophomore has been sidelined since mid-September due to a broken foot. It's unclear when he'll be able to return to the court, but it's unlikely he'll hold a significant role with the Sixers.
News: Embiid scored a game-high 33 points (13-28 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT) while adding 19 rebounds, three assists and a block in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 122-120 win over the Spurs.
Impact: San Antonio's frontcourt simply had no answers for Embiid, who scored 16 straight points for Philly in the second half to keep things close before the team rallied from a six-point deficit in the final five minutes. The double-double was Embiid's 40th of the season, moving him (at least temporarily) into first place in the league in that category ahead of Rudy Gobert.
News: Embiid (back) will play and start in Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Embiid has been on the injury report with back tightness for the last several games but is yet to miss any time. That'll be the case again Wednesday, and the big man is expected to play his regular minutes load against the Spurs.
News: Embiid is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs due to back tightness.
Impact: Once again, Embiid is on the injury report due to lingering back tightness, but he is yet to miss anytime with the injury. The big man will likely end up being a game-time decision once again, but there has been nothing to suggest that he will be sidelined given his recent availability and workload. Expect an update on Embiid to come closer to tip-off.
News: Embiid recorded 32 points (9-16 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 14-17 FT), 14 rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and two steals in 27 minutes during Monday's 121-93 win over the Rockets.
Impact: Embiid had been listed as a game-time decision due to back tightness but ultimately gave it a go and dominated despite playing fairly limited minutes. Embiid destroyed Nene Hilario, Kenneth Faried, and P.J. Tucker, and was subbed out early in the fourth quarter because the game was such a blowout. Embiid's back issues are worth keeping an eye on, but he has appeared in 45 of 48 contests this season and seems determined to prove he's capable of performing through pain as long as it's manageable.
News: Embiid (back) has been cleared to play Monday against Houston, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Embiid went through a workout during pregame to determine whether he'd be ready to go, and it appears his back feels good enough to give it a shot. He figures to rejoin the starting lineup and take on his usual workload, as he didn't miss any time due to this latest injury.
News: Embiid (back) will be a game-time call for Monday's matchup with the Rockets, Sixers reporter Jessica Camerato reports.
Impact: As was the case Saturday against the Thunder, Embiid will go through a pregame workout before his status is determined. The big man has missed just one game since the start of January, but he continues to be bothered by soreness in his back, Given that he's played 35 and 34 minutes, respectively, over the last two games, if Embiid is cleared to play, he likely won't face a strict minutes limitation.
News: Embiid is questionable to play in Monday's game against the Rockets due to back tightness, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Embiid has been dealing with some lingering back tightness the last few days but is yet to miss any time. His spot on the injury report is likely still precautionary, as Embiid is coming off an impressive performance in Saturday's loss to the Thunder where he posted 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 34 minutes. He will likely end up being a game-time call Monday.
News: Embiid (back) will play Saturday against Oklahoma City, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports.
Impact: Embiid has been battling a sore back and the team waited until after a pregame workout to officially clear the All-Star center to take the court. In Thursday's game against Indiana, Embiid played 35 minutes and finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks.
News: Embiid (back) will be a game-time call for Saturday's game against Oklahoma City, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports.
Impact: Nothing new here, as Embiid was listed as questionable on the initial report, but it looks as though his status will come down to a true game-time decision. The big man has been dealing with soreness in his back of late, but he's only missed one of the Sixers' last nine contests, and he played 35 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday night.
News: Embiid will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game against Oklahoma City due to back tightness.
Impact: Embiid evidently is battling through a minor back issue following Thursday's matchup with Indiana, and his availability is up in the air at this point. Expect an update on Embiid's status closer to tipoff.
News: Embiid recorded 22 points (9-19 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and one steal across 35 minutes in Thursday's 120-96 win over the Pacers.
Impact: The 76ers stymied a surging Pacers team Thursday night, in large part due to Embiid's effort protecting the rim and creating shots for himself and his teammates. Embiid remains one of the most offensively-gifted big men in the league.
News: Embiid (back) will play Thursday against the Pacers, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philly reports.
Impact: Embiid is dealing with a sore back and was seen getting stretched out by team trainers during pregame, but he's been cleared to play and is not expected to be limited. Embiid is coming off of a 31-point, 13-rebound outing in just 27 minutes Tuesday against Minnesota.
News: Embiid (back) will be a game-time decision Thursday against the Pacers, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Embiid is dealing with back soreness following a 31-points, 13-rebound effort Tuesday against the Timberwolves in just 27 minutes. If he's unable to go, look for Mike Muscala, Amir Johnson and Jonah Bolden to see extra run, while Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons would presumably handle more offensive responsibilities.
News: Embiid is questionable for Thursday's game against the Pacers due to back tightness, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. '
Impact: Embiid is coming off a monster performance in Tuesday's win over Minnesota with 31 points and 13 rebounds in just 27 minutes, but the big man appears to be dealing with some lingering back problems. Expect Embiid to be a game-time decision Thursday night.
News: Johnson (head) collected eight points (3-3 FG, 2-2 FT) and three rebounds across 10 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Johnson was sharp in his return to action Tuesday after missing the previous three games due to migraines. When healthy, the big man doesn't play much of a factor for the 76ers, as evidenced by his season averages of 3.7 points and 2.5 rebounds across 9.3 minutes.
News: Embiid accumulated 31 points (10-17 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists and a block across 27 minutes Tuesday against Minnesota.
Impact: Embiid continues to inflict damage on anyone that stands in his way, putting up 20 or more points and averaging 13.5 rebounds through seven contests in January. The 7-0 center is having one of the best seasons of his young career, posting 26.9 points, 13.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 blocks in 41 contests.
News: Johnson (head) didn't take the court Sunday against the Knicks.
Impact: Johnson continues to deal with migraines, and he hasn't played in three games as a result. His next chance to return will come Tuesday against Minnesota.
News: Embiid totaled 26 points (9-24 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 8-12 FT), eight rebounds, an assist and six blocks across 32 minutes Sunday against the Knicks.
Impact: Embiid struggled with his shot at times, draining 37.5 percent of his attempts in a 108-105 victory on the road. The star center sat out of his team's last game due to an ankle injury, but the issue didn't appear to be a factor Sunday. Embiid is averaging 26.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.8 blocks over his last five matchups.
News: Embiid (ankle) will play against the Knicks on Sunday, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Embiid was a game-time call Sunday after sitting out Friday's outing due to his ankle injury. Expect him to see his typical role, with Mike Muscala ready to see extra time off the bench if Embiid is at all limited in the contest.
News: Embiid (ankle) is considered a game-time call for Sunday's game against the Knicks, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Embiid was held out of Friday's game against Atlanta with an ankle injury, and the star big man is apparently still bothered by the issue. The Sixers will wait until after pregame warmups to evaluate Embiid one final time and make an official call on his status. If he's held out again, expect Mike Muscala to make another start at center.
News: Johnson is questionable for Sunday's game against the Knicks due to migraines.
Impact: Johnson hasn't played in each of his team's previous two matchups, although it's uncertain if it's due to his current role in the rotation or because of his migraines. Expect another update on Johnson's status as tipoff nears.
News: Embiid (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Knicks.
Impact: Right ankle soreness prevented Embiid from taking the court Friday, and he's still dealing with some discomfort. If he ends up missing Sunday's game in New York, Mike Muscala would presumably draw a second straight start.
News: Embiid (ankle) is out Friday against the Hawks, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Embiid emerged from Wednesday's game against the Wizards with left ankle soreness, and after testing things around in pregame warmups, the determination was made for the big man to sit out Friday. In his stead, Mike Muscala, Amir Johnson and Jonah Bolden should see extra run.
News: Patton (foot) may return to practice in February, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Patton broke his right foot over the summer and hasn't done any on-court work since then. It appears he's progressing well. That said, he's unlikely to have a significant role with the Sixers this season.
News: Embiid is questionable for Friday's game against the Hawks due to a sore left ankle, freelance NBA reporter Jessica Camerato reports.
Impact: Embiid emerged from Wednesday's game against the Wizards with some ankle soreness after posting 35 points, 14 boards, three blocks, two assists and a steal. He'll test things out in pregame warmups before determining his availability. If he ultimately sits out, Mike Muscala, Amir Johnson and Jonah Bolden are candidates to see expanded roles.
News: Embiid scored 35 points (11-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 12-14 FT) and recorded 14 rebounds along with two assists and a steal across 34 minutes Wednesday against Washington.
Impact: Embiid paced his team in scoring on 64.7 percent shooting from the field, and he got to the charity stripe with ease yet again. The 24-year-old All-Star has notched five straight double-doubles to begin 2019 and will continue to be a must-start in most if not all league formats moving forward.
News: Embiid recorded 20 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and a block in 23 minutes Tuesday against the Wizards.
Impact: Embiid was prohibited from having a much bigger day because Philadelphia had the game well in hand early in the third quarter. Embiid started the season hot and had shown no signs of slowing down. He's hit better than 50 percent of his shots in six of his past eight games, while making 10 of his past 22 shots from deep over that span.
News: Embiid had 25 points (7-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 10-11 FT), 12 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in 35 minutes during Saturday's 106-100 win over the Mavericks.
Impact: Embiid was quiet in this one, at least compared to the last two contests. By any reasonable standards, it was another stellar stat line from the 24-year-old big man, and he continues to churn out MVP-type numbers on an almost nightly basis.
News: Embiid (knee) accumulated a season-high 42 points (12-23 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 17-19 FT) to go with 18 rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocks in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 132-127 win over the Suns.
Impact: Embiid was listed as questionable leading up to Tuesday's contest against the Clippers and carried the same injury designation heading into this one. Nevertheless, Embiid was dominant in both showings, and he'll now have a couple days to rest up for Saturday's matchup versus the Mavericks.
News: Embiid (knee) will play in Wednesday's game against the Suns, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Impact: The 76ers are without starters Jimmy Butler and Wilson Chandler, so Embiid, who is coming off a 28 point and 19 rebound performance on Tuesday, could be leaned on even more than he already is. With Embiid's injury history, the 76ers likely wouldn't play Embiid if there was any concern with his knee.
News: Embiid (knee) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Suns, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Embiid is questionable again with lingering left knee soreness. Although he missed Saturday's tilt with Portland due to the injury, he dominated the Clippers on Monday to the tune of 28 points and 19 rebounds in 35 minutes of run. A more exact update should be provided closer to game-time, and for now, Embiid can be considered a game-time decision.
News: Embiid (knee) totaled 28 points (9-19 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 8-12 FT), 19 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal across 35 minutes in the 76ers' 119-113 win over the Clippers on Tuesday.
Impact: Embiid's knee showed no ill effects after it caused him to miss the Sixers' previous game, as both his scoring and rebounding totals were the highest on either squad. The dominant big man's double-double was his league-leading 32nd of the campaign, and he left no doubts about his health when he rattled off 15 points in the opening quarter. Embiid also had some key contributions late when the Clippers were in the midst of a furious fourth-quarter rally, and he's now posted six straight double-doubles overall. The 24-year-old will look to extend his impressive streak when Philadelphia continues its Western Conference swing versus the Suns on Wednesday night.
News: Embiid (knee) will start Tuesday against the Clippers, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Despite lingering soreness in his left knee, Embiid will take the court and start against opposing center Marcin Gortat. In the month of December, Embiid averaged 24.3 points, 13.1 boards, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in 33.4 minutes.
News: Embiid (knee) is expected to play Tuesday against the Clippers, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
Impact: Embiid hasn't officially been cleared, but all signs are pointing to the big man taking the floor. Over his past three appearances, he's averaging 28.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 blocks.
News: Embiid (knee) will be a game-time decision Tuesday against the Clippers, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Embiid went through morning shootaround, which was encouraging for his status. The Sixers will wait until closer to tipoff to make the final call, however.