Sixers’ Doc Rivers had no issue with Joel Embiid playing in All-Star Game

CAMDEN, N.J. — The NBA just celebrated All-Star Weekend in Utah as the best of the best came and played a glorified pickup game.

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid participated in the game for Team LeBron. He played 27 minutes, scored 32 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the loss. His appearance in the game came as a bit of a surprise. He mentioned leading up to the break that he was not healthy and he might miss the game.

Embiid has been dealing with left foot soreness throughout the season, and it was assumed he would sit out the game. After the fact, however, coach Doc Rivers was fine with the big fella playing.

“I have no issues with that,” Rivers said back at practice on Wednesday. “He had some time off. He said he felt better. What I told him, ‘If you feel healthy enough to play, play. If you don’t, don’t. Just let them know,’ and I think he did that. So it was all good.”

The Sixers begin a 25-game sprint to the playoffs on Thursday when they play host to the Memphis Grizzlies.


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