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Sixers scratch Embiid, Melton and Martin for final game of the season

Sixers scratch Embiid, Melton and Martin for final game of the season originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Sixers scratched Joel Embiid for just under an hour on Sunday afternoon before wrapping up their regular season finale.

Along with Embiid, the team also ruled out De’Anthony Melton (back injury recovery) and KJ Martin (left big toe contusion) for their matchup with the Nets. Robert Covington is also sidelined with a left knee injury.

Embiid, Melton and Martin were all initially listed as questionable. Sixers head coach Nick Nurse said during his pre-game press conference that, as usual, the players’ final status would depend on a final practice before the game. He did say he expected Embiid to play and that he planned to play about 15 minutes against Melton, provided it was best for the Sixers’ chances of winning.

In his return from a lumbar spine injury, Melton got 16 minutes vs. the Pistons. He played five minutes in the Sixers’ win over the Magic on Friday.

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Embiid has played six games since returning from his left meniscus injury. The seven-time All-Star suffered an injury late in the second quarter of the game against Orlando, but he played the second half. According to Nurse, Embiid also fully participated in a light Sixers practice on Saturday.

Entering the final day of the season, the 46-35 Sixers could finish anywhere between fifth and eighth in the Eastern Conference. Beating Brooklyn would clearly improve their chances of securing a top-six spot and staying out of the NBA’s play-in tournament.

The Sixers named a starting lineup of Kyle Lowry, Tyrese Maxey, Kelly Oubre Jr., Tobias Harris and Mo Bamba.

The undermanned Nets went with Cam Thomas, Mikal Bridges, Trendon Watford, Noah Clowney and Nic Claxton.

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