Joel Embiid’s body ‘feels great,’ says struggles due to new offense with Jimmy Butler | NBA

Joel Embiid was held out of Friday’s matchup towards the Pistons attributable to “relaxation,” however the 76ers heart mentioned its not restoration he wanted Friday.

Embiid defined he has struggled just lately attributable to how he’s getting used within the offense for the reason that arrival of Jimmy Butler, and that his absence wasn’t as a result of he is drained.

“I haven’t been myself currently,” Embiid advised the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I feel it’s primarily due to the best way I’ve been used, which is I’m getting used as a spacer, I assume, a stretch 5, which [is why] I’m solely capturing [29] p.c [from 3-point range.]

“However it looks like the previous couple video games, like with the best way I play, our setup, [Brown] at all times has me beginning on the perimeter … and it simply actually frustrates me. My physique feels nice, and it’s simply I haven’t been enjoying effectively.”

Embiid rested one sport faraway from tying a season-low scoring output with 10 factors. His 25 factors over his final two video games was his worst two-game stretch of the yr.

Nevertheless, since Butler has been built-in into the 76ers lineup, Embiid’s numbers have stayed regular. Earlier than Butler arrived the 2014 No. Three total draft choose was averaging 28.2 factors and after he’s placing up 23.8. And, if his current three-game stoop the place he scored a complete of 41 factors is not factored in, he’s averaging 27.6.

The previous Kansas Jayhawk is struggling of late, however his head coach is not certain it has a lot to do with Butler.

“I don’t see the connection of Jimmy having a lot to do with spacing,” Brown mentioned. “The truth is, I feel it fully enhances the chance to have higher spacing.”

The 76ers went on to beat the Pistons and convey the crew’s document to 10-Three with Butler on the roster — with out the veteran ahead Philadelphia was 8-6.

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