Rotation Trust Level: A depleted bench steps up in major games.

Joel Embiid returned, but injuries have hampered the Sixers' depth. 

The bench has performed well in key moments.

After their initial three-game losing run, the Sixers won three nationally televised games at home.

It ended Tuesday night with a 126-121 win over Nikola Jokic and the defending champion Denver Nuggets.

Joel Embiid returned this week, but the Sixers' depth remains injury-prone. 

 Robert Covington, who hasn't played in 2024, has had a knee ailment all season.

Next two games will be without De'Anthony Melton. Lumbar spine stress response is the team's explanation.

Nick Nurse indicated Melton could play if needed, but with four months of the regular season left, the Sixers are being cautious.

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