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Joel Embiid sits out 76ers scrimmage with right calf tightness

Joel Embiid calf

ORLANDO, FL - JULY 17: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers puts his sneakers on during practice as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on July 17, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Yes, that’s a red flag you just saw go up — Philadelphia’s anchor Joel Embiid sat out Sunday’s scrimmage against Oklahoma City with what the team described as “right calf tightness.”

Embiid is listed as day-to-day.

The Sixers All-NBA center started having “discomfort in his calf during Friday’s scrimmage against the Grizzlies,” reports NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Paul Hudrick. Coach Brett Brown tried to play it down.

“I believe that we’re just getting out in front of stuff and being smart with it,” Brett Brown said before Sunday’s scrimmage.

The Sixers have another meaningless scrimmage Tuesday, vs. Dallas, then tip off the seeding games Saturday against Indiana, fittingly in a game that will be important for seeding.

Embiid averaged 23.4 points and 11.8 rebounds a game this season, and the Sixers were 4.5 points per 100 possessions better when he was on the floor. In the playoffs last season Embidd was far-and-away the best Sixers player and any hope the team has of making a deep run this season rests on his shoulders.

Which is why everyone will be monitoring his right calf.