Joel Embiid a doubt for 76ers semi final

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Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid remains a doubt for semi final game following his injury.

 

The Philadelphia 76ers are still not sure if Joel Embiid will be able to return from a sprained right knee and participate in next week Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The 76ers completed a sweep on the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, providing a great opportunity for Embiid to rest up.

Embiid, an NBA MVP finalist, missed Game 4 with the knee injury. He has yet to practice ahead of Monday’s Game 1 against the Boston Celtics.

Coach Doc Rivers stated on Thursday that Embiid was at a doctor’s exam while the team practiced at its New Jersey facility.

I’m just going to wait,” Rivers said. “They’ll call me later and we’ll see where he’s at.”

The 29-year-old averaged 33.1 points this season to win his second straight scoring title. He also averaged 10.2 rebounds and tied a career high with 4.2 assists per game. He played in 66 games, the second-highest total of his career.

Embiid missed two games in the second round last year and another in the first round in 2021 with various injuries, on top of the two he missed to begin the 2018 playoffs due to an orbital fracture and another in 2019, also with a knee problem.

“If we played on Saturday, I don’t know how realistic it would have been, so that’s a good thing,” Rivers said.

Embiid averaged 36.8 points and 11.8 rebounds in four games this season against the Celtics.

 

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