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Report: Joel Embiid won’t travel with Sixers to play Pacers

The Pacers will face the winless Sixers without their best player when the teams meet at the Fieldhouse.

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According to reports out of Philly, Sixers’ rookie center Joel Embiid will remain home when his teammates travel to Indy to play the Pacers on Wednesday.

The Pacers will try to get better with a home and home against the Sixers starting on Wednesday at the Fieldhouse. With the way the Pacers are playing and the opponent being the 0-6 Sixers, the game is far from appealing and Embiid’s presence would’ve made it quite intriguing.

Embiid, who was drafted in 2014 but has been sidelined by injuries, has been a highlight machine in the first few games for Philly, flashing shooting range and quickness around the rim drawing comparisons to Hakeem Olajuwon. But he is staying home in Philly to rest instead of showing off his game for the first time in Indy.

The Sixers have been monitoring Embiid’s minutes so far this season as the team considers his long-term health which is why they scheduled a rest day against the Pacers. Embiid is averaging 21 minutes per game but leads the team with almost 18 points and 7 rebounds per game.

The situation certainly stinks for anyone planning to go to the game and check out the young talent on the Sixers’ roster. I guess that means it will be up to the Pacers to provide the entertainment.