Muscala will start at center Friday against the Hawks due to Joel Embiid's (ankle) absence, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Muscala has drawn three starts prior to Friday's game. In those matchups, he's averaged 6.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists across 27.7 minutes. With Embiid out, Amir Johnson and Jonah Bolden should also see increased responsibilities.
Muscala finished with three points (1-9 FG, 1-8 3Pt) and three boards across 17 minutes Tuesday in the 76ers' 121-114 overtime loss to the Celtics. Muscala started the 76ers' previous game Saturday against the Raptors, but he was back on the bench Christmas Day with Wilson Chandler (quadriceps) cleared to return to the lineup. Chandler didn't face any restrictions with his playing time, so there wasn't much run left over for Muscala, who didn't help his case for extra minutes anyway with the poor shooting performance.
Muscala will start at power forward Saturday against the Raptors, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. With Wilson Chandler (quad) sidelined, coach Brett Brown will opt to start Muscala alongside center Joel Embiid. Muscala should see an uptick in workload, and Amir Johnson may serve as the primary backup to Embiid.
Muscala accumulated 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-4 3Pt), three assists, one rebound, and one block in 18 minutes during Monday's 123-96 loss to the Spurs. Muscala filled it up offensively but committed three fouls in his limited time while failing to contain LaMarcus Aldridge. That and the lopsided score convinced coach Brett Brown to call on Jonah Bolden (nine minutes) and Amir Johnson (eight minutes). With that being said, Muscala's ability to reliably space the floor should help him continue to earn 20-plus minutes more often than not.
Muscala (illness) is listed as questionable for Friday's contest against the Pacers, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports. After missing Wednesday's game against the Nets due to an illness, Muscala has had two days to recover and will likely try to play during Friday's matchup. However, if Muscala is ruled out once again, Wilson Chandler and Amir Johnson are two candidates to see their playing time increase Friday against Indiana.
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