Serena Winters: Some encouraging news, Brett Brown does not seem concerned about Joel Embiid’s back, said he’s fine.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers coach Brett Brown expects Butler, Embiid and Chandler to all play tomorrow vs. #Lakers.
Tim Bontemps: Brett Brown says Joel Embiid is still questionable for tonight’s game. Says that if the back issue gets to a point where the team needs to have him sit, they will do so. Says things haven’t gotten to that point yet, though.
Tom Moore: Joel Embiid warming up pregame. Doesn’t seem to be moving especially well. #Sixers pic.twitter.com/Kub0e4d8kY
Serena Winters: Jimmy Butler questionable for tomorrow’s game with a rib contusion. Joel Embiid still listed as questionable with right ankle soreness.
Kyle Neubeck: JJ Redick and Joel Embiid are both questionable for tonight’s game. Embiid has a sore left ankle that was tweaked in the Washington game.
Serena Winters: Lots of #Sixers updates for tonight’s game. Joel Embiid is questionable with left knee soreness. Jimmy Butler is out with an upper respiratory infection. Wilson Chandler is out with an upper respiratory infection.
Derek Bodner: Brett Brown said Joel Embiid was experiencing flu-like symptoms in addition to the migraine. Didn't think he would play until late.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers center Joel Embiid, who missed Sunday’s practice with a migraine headache, was not listed on today’s 5:30 p.m. injury report for Monday’s game vs. #Detroit #Pistons.
Tom Moore: Brett Brown: Landry Shamet (lower back) and Joel Embiid (migraine) are questionable for #Sixers Monday game vs #Pistons
However, Brown is concerned about the hand, just as he's concerned that the big man is playing too many minutes. Embiid averages 34.9 minutes per game, which is tied for 13th in the league with Chicago Bulls small forward Justin Holiday and Los Angeles Clippers small forward Tobias Harris. "It's Joel Embiid," Brown said, "and we all get the importance that represents to our program." At some point, the coach hopes to give him a game off. The Sixers are discussing a time to do that. On Paper, Friday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center would be a great time. Cleveland has a league-worst 2-13 record.
Derek Bodner: #Sixers center Joel Embiid (rolled ankle) will go through a pregame workout to determine his availability for tonight's game.
"A lot of guys, when they have nothing to talk [trash] about, and when they know that they're clearly not better than you, they have a tendency to talk about the past, bringing up my injury streak," he says. "I'm really not an injury-prone player. I just had that one injury that took, like, two years."
As a follow up to @howardeskin report - Per source, there is a chance of an alteration, or removal of mask for Joel Embiid in coming days. Nothing definitive at moment, but a possibility.
Kyle Neubeck: Embiid was asked about and refused to use his mask as an excuse for his struggles against Boston. “Everything I’ve been doing in this series, I won’t put that on the mask. That’s on me.”
Embiid felt 'sore' on Friday but said that he felt no discomfort in his face at the site of the orbital bone fracture. "I need about five massages today. It hurts," Embiid said, drawing laughs from reporters. "But it's the NBA. I'm trying to get back in the groove."
Embiid acknowledged that the mask bothered him at times Thursday night. "At the end of the day, no matter how much it bothers me I still got to be a basketball player," he said. "If the shots aren't falling or it gets foggy and I can't see, you know, there's a lot of different stuff I can do."
Ramona Shelburne: The mask Embiid is wearing tonight has protective eyewear built into it! It’s carbon AND poly carbonate. Hence, it’s stronger than a normal mask. Let’s just say this has been a super involved hi-tech project between the Sixers, Embiid’s camp and the independent league doctors.
Ramona Shelburne: The reasons this was such a “process.” It’s the second time Embiid has broken this area of his face. First time was at Kansas. All the doctors involved felt there was significant risk of reinjury. So there’s been a lot of work done in developing this new stronger mask.
Ramona Shelburne: My understanding is that the mask Embiid is gonna wear is the one he and the Sixers requested. In other words he's comfortable with it.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra on Embiid, "You have to deal with whatever's in front of you. We anticipated he would be part of this series."
Shandel Richardson: Spo on Embiid possibly playing tonight in Game 3: "We're not trying to duck competition."
Ramona Shelburne: Both from a healing and a protection standpoint (the mask!) he's been cleared, per sources. But needs to go through pregame warmups before they make the final call.
Joel Embiid is still in the process of receiving full clearance to return to the court, according to a source familiar with the situation who spoke with PhillyVoice. Embiid, who is looking at a return to play following surgery to address a broken orbital bone on the left side of his face, will ultimately need final clearance from the surgical team responsible for performing the operation, per a source.
Ramona Shelburne: Sixers are listing Joel Embiid as DOUBTFUL for Game 3 tomorrow on the injury report
Barry Jackson: Embiid status for gm 3 undetermined, Brett Brown just said at 76ers practice in Overtown. Asked if optimistic about it, Brown said "neutral"
Jessica Camerato: Brown on what Embiid did yesterday in practice: "He did a little bit of contact. Not much, but a little. Got up and down and scripted some plays. But really not much more than that." Said Embiid handled the contact "quite well."
Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said on Tuesday that the organization, Joel Embiid, his representatives and team doctors are "very unified" in how Embiid's injury is being handled. The All-Star center expressed frustration late Monday night about being held out of the Sixers' Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat thanks to injury.
Ian Begley: Brett Brown said there is a ‘unified effort’ among the Sixers, Joel Embiid’s representatives and Embiid’s surgeon regarding the approach for his return. He has still not been cleared for contact and there is no exact timetable for his return at the moment.
Jessica Camerato: Brett Brown said Joel Embiid will not be doing contact today in practice. "He’ll be doing some stuff with shooting and scripting really for the first time with his team. But what that translates to in regards to when’s he going to play for us again on a court, we don’t know."
There are still a few medical hurdles for Embiid to clear as he returns from surgery, sources told ESPN. The recovery is a process of ramping up to different stages of activity. Internally, there is optimism that Embiid will return when the series is in Miami, though it's unclear if that will be for Game 3 on Thursday, according to sources.
The result tied the series at 1-1; losing home-court advantage for the remainder of the first round match-up. And with Embiid’s return seemingly a day-to-day decision; it looks as though the big man’s patience is finally up. The Sixers star posted an Instagram Story, which read simply: “F***ing sick and tired of being babied.”
Ramona Shelburne: Joel Embiid to ESPN on the frustration behind his IG post from earlier, “I promised the city the playoffs and I’m not on the court and I may not be on Thursday either. I wish more than anything that I was out there. I just want the green light to play.”
Speaking after the game, head coach Brett Brown discussed his star’s absence. “You need Joel Embiid... I felt tonight it was a really strong example of how you wished you had him.” Asked about Embiid’s Instagram post, Brown wasn’t concerned. “He wants to play in front of the fans, he wants to see this through,” Brown told reporters.
Dan Gelston: Embiid is wearing his black mask and shooting 3s and half court shots. Crowd "oohs" & "aahhs" with each make or miss.
Manny Navarro: Brett Brown said Embiid announcement for Game 3 isn’t going to happen tonight. Says he still hasn’t “felt a body” yet in workouts.
Tom Moore: #Sixers coach Brett Brown on Joel Embiid: ‘He is the difference-maker. I can’t wait to play him.’ Says result of Game 2 won’t have impact on Embiid’s status.
Ramona Shelburne: Joel Embiid said he thinks there's a "pretty good chance" he'll be able to play in Game 2 or 3. "If it was my decision I would play, but I can’t get back out on the court if I don’t have the OK from them," Embiid said. "But everything has been going well."
Ramona Shelburne: Embiid was on the court shooting for about 30 minutes before Game 1. He wore a black protective mask which he prefers to white or clear masks because those "get foggy." But Embiid says the league hasn't approved the black mask yet so they're still exploring options.
Ramona Shelburne: Embiid also said he's lost a bit of weight since the collision with Markelle Fultz. He's gone from "280-something to 275" which he thinks is related to not being able to lift as much. Normally when he's missed time, Embiid gains weight.
Jessica Camerato: How does Brett Brown game plan for a series with the uncertainty of Joel Embiid? “You just plan like you never have him.” #sixers #heat pic.twitter.com/tNpcHDwSYh
Jon Johnson: "It's(eye) still kinda pretty swollen. There is really no pain. Sometimes there is. It's getting better. I'm actually surprised how fast it's getting better" - Embiid.
Joel Embiid was cleared to begin light non-contact cardiovascular exercise this weekend. The 76ers center still has several steps to complete in the NBA concussion protocol before resuming all-out activities. Saturday was a good start, as Embiid worked out symptom free on an exercise bike at the team’s practice facility in Camden.
Done with the exercise bike test, Embiid is cleared to go the next stage, which is working out on a treadmill or doing light cardio. If he’s symptom free from there, he can resume on-court activities without contact before moving on. So there are a couple of stages he has to hit before playing in a game. The Sixers are confident that he’ll reach those stages.
January 18, 2022 | 9:00 pm EST Update
Brian Robb: Celtics acquiring an injured Bol Bol and PJ Dozier is effectively a salary dump for the present. Allows team to cut about $4 million in salary (avoiding tax territory) and maybe get a look at some intriguing young guys once they get healthy. Assume 2nd round pick sent out too.
Groundbreaking basketball star Lusia Harris, the only woman to be drafted by an NBA team, has died at the age of 66. Harris’ family announced Tuesday that she died unexpectedly earlier in the day in her home state of Mississippi.
Harris was selected by the New Orleans Jazz in the seventh round (137th overall) of the 1977 NBA draft. However, she declined to try out for the team. Only later was it revealed that she was pregnant at the time.
January 18, 2022 | 8:48 pm EST Update
The Lakers are trying to find help, though their option appear limited. According to people with knowledge of the situation, the team is shopping 21-year-old Talen Horton-Tucker in trade discussions. Rival general managers believe the Lakers value Horton-Tucker, but they lack the mid-range contracts needed to put together a deal to upgrade their roster and understand no significant trade is getting made without him.