Embiid (knee) may miss playoff opener

Embiid (knee) may miss playoff opener

Embiid (knee) may miss playoff opener

(25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Chicago.

In preparation for the playoffs, the 76ers rested all five starters, and star center Joel Embiid's status for the opener is in question.

Sixers general manager Elton Brand said Wednesday center Joel Embiid is expected to play in the postseason, but also said it's "possible" Embiid won't be ready to answer the bell in Game 1 of the team's first-round series because of a sore left knee.

3 seed, will host sixth-seeded Brooklyn in the first round.

"I'm optimistic he plays this weekend, but it's a combination of how he feels". "I like our chances against any team".

Like most teams, the Sixers have gone through their fair share of struggles at times throughout the regular season, but hopefully Brown will have this team ready for the start of this series against the Nets, which will officially begin on Saturday. "If he doesn't play, we'll make adjustments".

As for what to expect from the Sixers, well all the work put in over the a year ago to make sure this team is in better position to make a run at the NBA Finals will be put to test right away when facing the Nets.

Embiid was inactive for 14 of the 76ers' final 24 regular-season game with the knee pain described on injury reports as tendinitis.

Meantime, Bulls coach Jim Boylen is looking forward to a full training camp.

Boylen isn't concerned about his reputation.

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

Chicago: Walt Lemon Jr. scored 20 points to lead the Bulls.

Philadelphia: Jonathon Simmons had 20 points to lead the 76ers. Philadelphia finished 31-10 at home.

Philadelphia: Host Brooklyn in first round of playoffs.

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