The 76ers will be without two starters Saturday night when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Joel Embiid will miss the game with a bruised left hip, while Josh Richardson will be sidelined for the fifth consecutive game with right hamstring tightness.
Embiid apparently bruised his hip during Thursday’s 119-113 road loss to the Washington Wizards. The two-time All-Star center reported discomfort following the game and is being treated for the bruise. His status for Sunday’s home game against the Toronto Raptors has yet to be determined.
If available, Sunday’s matchup could be a redemption game for Embiid. He was held scoreless in the Sixers’ 101-96 road loss to the Raptors on Nov. 25, failing to score a point in 32 minutes while missing all 11 shots from the field and going 0-for-3 from the foul line.
One could argue that his struggles had to do with facing Marc Gasol. Embiid has shot just 5% in six career head-to-head regular-season contests against the Raptors center.
Richardson last played on Nov. 27 against Sacramento. The shooting guard sat out the second half of that game with the hamstring tightness. It was Richardson’s third game back after missing two games with right hip flexor tightness.
Richardson is averaging 16.1 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.1 steals in 16 games this season. Embiid, who will be missing his fifth game of the season, is averaging 22.6 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks.