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Will 76ers’ Joel Embiid face Warriors in rematch next week?

With Joel Embiid nursing a knee injury, the Warriors’ anticipated rematch with the 76ers on their next road trip may be losing some of its luster.

The 76ers announced Wednesday their All-Star center will be shut down for at least the next week due to soreness in his left knee and miss at least three games. Although an MRI didn’t reveal any structural damage, Embiid will undergo physical therapy along with “load management” and he’ll be reevaluated in one week.

The Warriors, who suffered their first loss to the 76ers in nearly six years when Embiid’s 26 points and 20 rebounds led a 113-104 win at Oracle on Jan. 31, will face Philadelphia on Saturday, March 2. It was set to be the marquee game of the Warriors’ four-game East Coast road trip, but it would be much less appealing if Embiid isn’t able to play.

“Evidently it reached a stage where he just felt uncomfortable with it, he had an MRI on it,” 76ers coach Brett Brown told reporters. “It’s a little bit of tendinitis, it’s stuff I think is quite common actually. So we will miss him for a week and then we will reevaluate it.”

The decision to sit Embiid comes three days after he played in the All-Star Game and continued to feel soreness afterward.

Embiid, who has enjoyed his first healthy year in his third NBA season, would be tentatively scheduled for re-evaluation a day before the 76ers’ game at Oklahoma City, and three days before the Warriors game at Philly.

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