Philadelphia center Joel Embiid sat out of Game 3 of the 76ers’ first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. He has soreness in his left knee.
Greg Monroe who played in place of Embiid had nine points and 13 rebounds. The Sixers won 131-115 and took a 2-1 series lead.
Sixers coach Brett Brown credited Monroe and backup center Boban Marjanovic for filling in the space of Embiid quite adequately, particularly on the defensive end. On Thursday, Brooklyn shot 41 percent.
He said, with Boban and Greg being on the back line, they were confident in that.
Tobias Harris scored 29 points in Embiid’s absence, and said everyone knew that they had to bring more to the game.
Embiid has missed 14 of the Sixers’ final 24 games after the All-Star break because of left knee tendinitis. He was listed as questionable coming in to Thursday’s game. He was limited to only 45 minutes total in the first two games of the series, which Philadelphia split 1-1 on its home floor.
Embiid is questionable for Game 4 also on Sunday because of the same injury.