Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid could miss the next two games with a sore back.
That does mean that Embiid is expected to miss a home-and-home against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday and Saturday, a big two-game stretch against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
The injury has kept Embiid out for four of the last six games. Philly had placed itself in the playoff discussion, but dropping games to the Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls won't help that postseason push because the team already has a thin margin for error.More news: Winter is here...The solstice marks the shortest day of the year
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Embiid last played on Friday night in a triple-overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he logged a career-high 49 minutes of playing time.
Through 23 games, the 23-year-old is averaging a double-double to the tune of 24.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per outing, not to mention he's posting 3.5 assists and 1.9 blocks per contest. He missed his entire rookie campaign, and played in just 31 games a season ago. Every season has its rough patches, and this is clearly a bad stretch for the Sixers, but back issues can be killer for big men.