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Joel Embiid was not sidelined for long.
The Sixers’ All-Star center was officially ruled in for Game 1 of his team’s second-round series against the Hawks about 30 minutes before tip-off.
He went through his normal pregame workout and did not appear hampered by the lateral meniscus tear in his right knee.
Embiid had also done his pregame routine before Game 5 of the Sixers’ first-round series against the Wizards and moved without any discernible issues.
The Sixers on Wednesday called Embiid's meniscus tear a “small one” and classified him as "day to day." He suffered the injury during the first quarter of the Sixers’ Game 4 loss to the Wizards.
According to head coach Doc Rivers, Embiid participated in parts of the Sixers’ practices Friday and Saturday but saw no live action.
Hawks small forward De’Andre Hunter was ruled out with right knee soreness. He’d started every game of Atlanta’s first-round series victory over the Knicks and is a key piece for the Hawks defensively.
Solomon Hill, who played seven minutes in Atlanta’s Game 5 win over New York, replaced Hunter in the Hawks’ starting lineup.
Every Sixer was available for Game 1. In addition to Hunter, the Hawks were without Kris Dunn (non-COVID illness), Brandon Goodwin (respiratory condition) and Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness).