JJ Redick says Sixers need to be great to beat Spurs

Sixers forward JJ Redick, shooting a three-pointer against Orlando in November.

With Joel Embiid still listed as doubtful for Wednesday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, the 76ers are going to need a collective effort to have a chance to win.

JJ Redick said he hopes the effort the Sixers showed against the Nuggets on the team’s most recent road trip carries over into the coming games.

“Winning short-handed in Denver was big for us,” Redick said after the Wednesday morning shoot-around in Camden. “We haven’t won a ton of games without Joel, so that was big.”

The Sixers are 2-7 in games without Embiid, including a 107-102 win in Denver on Saturday.

Embiid, who sprained his right hand in 123-100 win in Phoenix on Sunday, did not participate in the shoot-around Wednesday. The Spurs (26-12), who have won 10 straight against the Sixers, are not going to be letting their foot off the gas pedal no matter Embiid’s status.

On the second night of a back-to-back, after a win over the Knicks on Tuesday, the Spurs will be looking to finish their three-game road trip on a positive note.

“You have to be on top of your game to beat them,” Redick said. “They’re going to not make many mistakes, and when you make a mistake, they make you pay for it, so we have to be great.”

Redick went on to say that limiting turnovers and fouls would be key against San Antonio. Both are areas in which the Sixers have struggled this season.

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