Tuesday night’s game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat is important for one team and has very little meaning for the other. Not only are the Heat trying to save their very slim playoff chances (which is unlikely), but this also marks the final home game of Dwyane Wade’s NBA career.
On a positive note, the Heat will draw a somewhat shorthanded Sixers team and one that’s already locked into the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. With Philly unable to improve or lose ground in their playoff spot prior to the end of the regular season, they’ll sit a few players on Tuesday, one of which is star center Joel Embiid.
Beyond that, it’s unknown how many minutes the starters who are suiting up will even log. We’re going to take a look at the latest on the Sixers roster and starting lineup against the Heat as well as Embiid’s injury status moving forward.
76ers Injury Report, Joel Embiid’s Status Moving Forward
The Sixers have ruled out three players along with Embiid, while one other remains questionable for Tuesday’s game. Here’s a look at the team’s updated injury report, courtesy of the NBA’s official website.
- Jonah Bolden (sore left knee): Questionable
- Joel Embiid (load management/left knee soreness): Out
- James Ennis (right quad contusion): Out
- JJ Redick (back tightness): Out
- Mike Scott (lower back tightness): Out
On a positive note, Furkan Korkmaz is listed as available after undergoing surgery on a torn meniscus back in late February.
As far as Embiid goes, there’s obviously some level of concern whenever he sits, but this decision makes sense. As The Athletic’s Rich Hofmann reported on Monday, it was expected Embiid would sit due to the fact that the game is meaningless and also that it’s the first night of a back-to-back.
Sixers Roster & Starting Lineup vs. Heat
*Notates expected starter
C: Jonah Bolden*, Boban Marjanovic, Greg Monroe, Amir Johnson
PF: Tobias Harris*
SF: Jimmy Butler*, Furkan Korkmaz, Jonathon Simmons
SG: Zhaire Smith*, Shake Milton, Haywood Highsmith
PG: Ben Simmons*, T.J. McConnell
It’s likely that Sixers coach Brett Brown will opt to go light on the workload for Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. There’s no major reason for the team to push those three much at this point, and in turn that could lead to extra minutes going to the likes of T.J. McConnell and rookies Shake Milton and Zhaire Smith.
It’ll also be interesting to see how playing time is split between Boban Marjanovic and Greg Monroe with Embiid out. Monroe played his first game with the Sixers on Saturday and logged 10 minutes while scoring nine points on 4-of-5 shooting with two rebounds and two assists.