MILWAUKEE (AP) — All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have been ruled out for Philadelphia’s game at the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.
After initially sending out a starting lineup that included Embiid, the 76ers announced that their star center would miss the game. Embiid had been listed as questionable with a sore right shoulder.
This will be the fourth straight game Simmons has missed due to an unspecified illness.
Philadelphia (39-20) has lost three straight games to drop below the Brooklyn Nets (40-20) in the Eastern Conference standings.
Milwaukee is third in the East, three games behind Brooklyn and 2½ behind Philadelphia.
The Bucks are looking to sweep the regular-season series with the 76ers, who haven’t been at full strength for any of these matchups.
Milwaukee won 109-105 in overtime at Philadelphia on March 17 when the 76ers were missing Embiid due to a bruised left knee. The Bucks won again 124-117 at Milwaukee on Thursday with Simmons out.
Embiid scored 24 points in Thursday’s game.
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