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Joel Embiid staying in Philadelphia for 76ers’ second leg of back-to-back at Hornets

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 26: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers wipes his face with a towel during a timeout against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Wells Fargo Center on October 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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. The Thunder defeated the 76ers 103-97. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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Play in back-to-backs?

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.

Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly:

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.

But with Okafor, Ben Simmons, Nerlens Noel and Jerryd Bayless also ailing, this team (especially) isn’t ready to win now, anyway.