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 NBA playoffs.
Embiid on how knee feels: ‘I don’t know’
NBCSPhilly’s Serena Winters reports that the pain Embiid has experienced since the All-Star break has increased recently while ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth reports that Embiid responded “I don’t know” when asked how his knee felt on Friday.
The team later listed Embiid as doubtful for Saturday’s game.
Lingering knee pain
Embiid was inactive for 14 of the 76ers’ final 24 regular-season game with the knee pain described on injury reports as tendinitis.
Embiid is one of the game’s dominant forces when healthy, averaging 27.5 points, 13.6 rebounds. 3.7 assists and 1.9 blocks in 64 games this season.
Injuries have plagued him throughout his career, and he has never played more than 64 games in a season. Foot and knee injuries have sidelined him for long periods of time, including a torn meniscus in his ailing left knee suffered in 2017.
Upon hearing early reports that Embiid may not play Game 1, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said that his team is preparing as if Embiid will play.
“We’re planning on him playing,” Atkinson said. “I think that’s what’s going to happen. That’s my experience. We’ll adjust if he doesn’t play.”
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