Friday, 19 April, 2019

Embiid (knee) may miss 76ers' playoff opener

Embiid (knee) may miss 76ers' playoff opener Joel Embiid Could Miss The First Playoff Game For 76ers
Cassandra Castillo | 13 April, 2019, 19:14

But, his status is uncertain.

Brand first said he's "optimistic" Embiid would be ready to play in the postseason opener before admitting that the All-Star center's availability is not yet a certainty.

"We're planning on him playing", Atkinson said.

The 7-footer was relatively healthy this season, however 13 of the 18 games he's missed have come after the All-Star break, with the team struggling in those games at 6-7 without Embiid, who has battled minor knee and back injuries in recent weeks.

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The 25-year-old center remained relatively healthy for most of the regular season, but left knee pain sidelined him down the stretch and continues to be a problem on the eve of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

"This is not sort of a reaction to symptoms", Brown said at the time. "But the end is what's going to matter the most". He's shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range. Then acquiring Tobias Harris at the deadline was supposed to give them a starting lineup that trumps everything in the National Basketball Association not slinging shots out of Oakland. First, he jumped on the opportunity to acquire Jimmy Butler to give the Sixers a crunchtime scorer they so desperately desired.

Ever since they lost to the Boston Celtics in the semifinals of the playoffs past year, all the Sixers have wanted is another shot at redemption in the postseason to prove they can in fact make a serious run at the NBA Finals, although that's always easier said than done. "I think he'll present well and he'll be ready, but we don't know".

Despite appearing to have a huge advantage over their rivals on paper, the Sixers realize the last thing they can do is underestimate the Nets, especially since the two teams split the four-game series during the regular season.

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