Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid out Saturday, not cleared for back-to-back games

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will sit out against the Cavaliers because he hasn’t been cleared to play on back-to-back nights.

Embiid is expected to return Sunday when the Sixers play at New Orleans. He’s averaging 23.5 points and 11.1 rebounds in 21 games.

Embiid had surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee in the offseason and the team is still monitoring his workload.

Guard T.J. McConnell is also out Saturday night against Cleveland. because of a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. Forward Dario Saric is questionable with a left eye laceration and a corneal abrasion of his right eye.

Forward Trevor Booker, acquired from Brooklyn on Thursday, is available to play.

The Cavaliers’ 13-game winning streak was snapped by Indiana on Friday. Cleveland won 113-91 at Philadelphia on Nov. 27.