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Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid (non-COVID illness) out vs. Indiana Pacers

May 8, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) collides and fouls Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (24) while driving for a shot during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid missed Tuesday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers due to a non-COVID illness.

Sixers coach Doc Rivers made the announcement that Embiid wouldn’t play during his pregame media availability session.

Embiid, 27, was initially listed as questionable for the game.

Philadelphia can clinch the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with a win over the Pacers.

But the team will have to do so without Embiid, an MVP candidate who is averaging a career-high 29.2 points along with 10.7 rebounds in 49 games.

The rest could be helpful for Embiid as the four-time All-Star has recently been bothered by right shoulder soreness.

The 76ers (47-21) took an eight-game winning streak into Tuesday’s contest.

–Field Level Media