Whoever gets the nod as the starting center in place of Joel Embiid on Friday is set to have their work cut out for them. While Embiid has had success against Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond, few others across the league can say the same.

Drummond, who’s one of the NBA’s top rebounders, is a tough matchup which has led to Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown having to mull over the decision on who’ll fill in as Embiid gets a night off. As Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reveals, the decision will come down to Mike Muscala or Amir Johnson.

Brett Brown said they’re still deciding whether Amir Johnson or Mike Muscala will start in Joel Embiid’s (sitting out, rest) place tonight.

— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) December 7, 2018

It’s a tough call, as Muscala is averaging a career-high in minutes (23.7) and has a height advantage on Johnson. On the flip side, the veteran in Johnson is a better defender but has played just 10.3 minutes per game this season.

Regardless of what decision Brown makes, expect there to be quite a bit of help defense on Drummond throughout Friday’s game.


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