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Joel Embiid has shown some signs of fatigue through the last two games. The Philadelphia 76ers superstar said he’s still getting back into shape after missing three weeks with COVID-19.

“I would never use it as an excuse but obviously I think it’s going to take me a while to get back, especially legs and cardio and all that stuff,” Embiid said after going 3-for-17 against Boston. “But every single day I got to keep working hard, and keep getting better.”

League rules require vaccinated players and coaches who test positive for COVID-19 to sit out 10 days. The Sixers’ big man stayed out for 19 days after entering health and safety protocols.

Embiid didn’t show signs of fatigue on the court in the first game against the T-Wolves, where he had a season-high 42 points to go along with 14 rebounds in a 121-120 loss.

Although, in the next two games, he combined for a total of 29 points on 7-of-33 shooting with 31 rebounds. The Sixers went 1-2 through those three games.