Joel Embiid not cleared for back-to-backs

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"I feel like one of my strengths is being able to play multiple positions", Horford told NBC Sports Boston. "I feel like I'll miss some but I'm not sure when".

However, Neubeck noted at the time that Embiid "said he trusts the doctors" and knows they're thinking about his future.

The Sixers want Embiid to play around 20 minutes against the Celtics.

And while Embiid's passion is impossible to deny-it's what's made him the face of the franchise despite making 32 appearances since 2014-the team's desire to keep their $148 million man healthy as possible following a pair of season-ending foot surgeries and a meniscus tear is wholly understandable. Embiid did not participate in the second half of back-to-back games last season in order to reduce risk of injury.

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Embiid was in the starting lineup for the home opener Friday night against Boston. "I don't think so. If I'm exhausted, I've got to get out". Embiid mentioned a few days ago that injuries occur more when you're exhausted, so making sure the big man is ready to go at full strength consistently is the most important. "But I'll definitely play some back-to-backs this year". Brown said before Embiid spoke that Saturday's decision was not yet decided.

"I was like, what is this?" "We're going to have to make a few tweaks on how we do things, obviously".

Embiid's career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college career at Kansas and all three seasons with the Sixers.

"I just want to feel like an National Basketball Association player", Embiid said.

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