Joel Embiid isn’t even travelling for the 76ers’ first back-to-back.
Jahlil Okafor isn’t ready for two games in two nights, either.
The Sixers have consecutive games on Tuesday at home against the Magic and Wednesday on the road against the Hornets. Embiid will play Tuesday and stay back in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The team is planning for Okafor to sit out against the Magic (he will be suited up and available) and play in Charlotte.
More teams should probably do this. It’s not just playing so much in short spans that wears down NBA players. It’s also the travel. If you’re certain Embiid won’t play, let him really rest by staying home.
It’s a small sample, but Embiid has looked good so far. At some point, the 76ers will need him on the court more to win.