Doc Rivers hopeful, but unsure when Joel Embiid will return from injury

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Rivers hopeful, but unsure when Embiid will return from injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

When the Philadelphia 76ers announced star center Joel Embiid would miss Game 5 against the Wizards on Wednesday night due to a small tear to his right lateral meniscus, they described his timeline to return as day-to-day, which leaves a wider range of possibilities than it may seem at first glance.

If the Sixers can't close out the Wizards on Wednesday, then Game 6 would be two days after the announcement, on Friday. Game 7, if necessary, would be two days after that, on Sunday. That is not to mention how it could affect his availability for a potential second round series, or whether he will be 100% when he does come back.

Those unknowns were reflected by Sixers head coach Doc Rivers in his pregame press conference on Wednesday. He is optimistic, but wouldn't give much more information than was provided in the press release.

He does, however, think Embiid will be back at some point.

"I do and I don’t know when, or at least I’m hopeful. I think that would be a better way of putting it," Rivers said.

Rivers was asked a fairly specific question about what Embiid will be like if and when he does return to action. The question was framed around whether Embiid would be good enough to carry a team, as he has been all season to this point, as an MVP finalist.

Rivers then shared some minor details about the team's approach.

"I honestly don’t know the answer to that. I don’t think we’re going to put him out on the floor if we don’t feel that. Let’s put it that way. Or, at least give us a pretty good effort. We’re not going to put him on the floor if we think he can injure himself," Rivers said.

Embiid, 27, had a huge 2020-21 season with averages of 28.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks, all while carrying a career-high 63.6 true shooting percentage. The Sixers have aspirations to win a title this year, which means a lot is riding on his recovery.