Sixers: 3 players who must step up in Joel Embiid’s absence

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COVID-19 has impacted the world in numerous ways. For some, the spread of this disease has impacted their professional occupations. Professional athletes across the nation are forced to adjust to the new rules and regulations that come with the current pandemic. Joel Embiid is the latest case of COVID-19 in the NBA. As the league continues to promote the safety of its players, Sixers fans wait patiently for the return of one of their star centers.

Associations like the NBA have taken precautionary steps to ensure the safety of all its participants. Regular testing and safety precautions have helped owners and commissioners continue the play of professional sports. When players report COVID-like symptoms to their team doctors, they are forced to take part in the league’s covid protocol.

Joel Embiid has become the latest case of the COVID outbreak for the Philadelphia 76ers. While he fights away the symptoms that attack his body, his team will have to make do without him. Teammates Tobias Harris and Isaiah Joe have also been pulled from the team due to the NBA’s health protocols. If the Sixers want to keep their win streak alive, they will have to rely on other players to get the job done.

Sixers who must step up without Joel Embiid — Seth Curry

Consistent performances have helped Doc Rivers and the Sixers this season. According to, the Philadelphia 76ers are ranked second in offensive efficiency. Contributions from Shake Milton, Tyrese Maxey, and Furkan Korkmaz have helped the Sixers seize first place in the Eastern Conference. Victories over the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks have shown the fans of Philadelphia how efficient the Sixers’ offense can be. The absence of Joel Embiid will force veterans like Seth Curry to take more control of the offense.

Curry has added more skills to his repertoire during the offseason. His ability to shoot efficiently has had a direct effect on the 76ers’ success. Philadelphia’s seventh-year veteran has increased his 3-point shooting by five percent when compared to last season. The impact of his 50 percent 3-point shooting has created more opportunities for the entire team. When compared to other teams in the association, the Sixers are ranked second in a 3-point shooting percentage. If Seth Curry continues his dominant scoring streak, the Sixers should maintain their ranking in the Eastern Conference.