The Sixers' number of available All-Stars has dropped from two to zero this week. Joel Embiid left Sunday's game vs. the Portland Trail Blazers in the first quarter with a left ankle injury and the Sixers fell, 124-121. They're now 42-28 and next play the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
"I'm going to learn more physically," Brett Brown said after the game. "I don't know enough to comment on it. ... Joel was fully engaged as a teammate. As it relates to what his injury is or what it actually means, I can't comment. I don't know. But it was great just to see him being a part of the group."
Mark Medina: Sixers coach Brett Brown said that neither he nor Joel Embiid have concern about his right calf injury
Keith Pompey: #Sixers center Joel Embiid will not scrimmage today due to discomfort in his right calf.
Kyle Neubeck: Joel Embiid began experiencing discomfort in his right calf during Friday’s game vs. MEM and will not play in today’s scrimmage against OKC. Embiid is considered day to day, continues to receive treatment for right calf tightness, and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Jeff Zillgitt: Sixers’ Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid we’re allowed to use teams practice facility for some rehab, I’m told.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers Brand on Joel Embiid: "Embiid has been working out [in the practice facility]. You know he’s conditioning. He’s focused. He’s asking about when his trainer can come in, when he can get on the court. I wouldn’t bet against him. He’s going to be ready and ramped up.”
The Athletic: Joel Embiid is hopeful to return on Wednesday against Detroit, sources tell NBA Insider @Shams Charania. More 📝 in the latest Inside Pass: theathletic.com/1659421/?sourc…
Keith Pompey: Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain) continues to progress. The #Sixers center is receiving daily treatment, including participating in a strength and conditioning program. The big man he has resumed on-court basketball activities. He remains sidelined & will be re-evaluated Mon.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Joel Embiid is out tonight vs. Knicks. More evaluation on left shoulder sprain ongoing, per source.
Kyle Neubeck: Embiid looks to be in a lot of pain right now after that collision with Ante Zizic, grabbing at his shoulder/upper chest area. Sixers took a foul to get him out and he goes immediately to locker room.
Ky Carlin: Joel Embiid is available and he has been cleared. He’s back tonight. #Sixers
Keith Pompey: Zhaire Smith (ankle) is available tonight vs. #GoldenStateWarriors. Joel Embiid (hand) still listed as questionable. He will meet with his hand specialist before the game.
Embiid practiced Friday for the first time since surgery, wearing padding and tape on his hand that he called “a cast.” The Sixers said he’d be re-evaluated Monday, and Embiid said he’d have to wear that “cast” when he comes back — whenever that might be. They host the Warriors on Tuesday and then go out for a rugged four-game trip, finishing with dates at Boston, Miami and Milwaukee. 24. “I think usually this stuff takes a month to get back from,” Embiid said. “It’s been two weeks. It can take longer, but I am not happy with where we are and just gotta keep praying and hoping it keeps getting better so I can get back out there with my guys.”
Kane Pitman: Joel Embiid just mentioned on the live ABC broadcast that he hopes to be back next week. The Sixers come to Milwaukee on February 6.
Joel Embiid, who practiced Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his finger, said he hopes to return to the court for the Philadelphia 76ers next week. "Just trying to get back into it and make the progress that's necessary," Embiid said after a lengthy post-practice workout Friday afternoon. "But I feel good. ... I think my finger feels good."
Embiid, who had surgery on Jan. 10 to repair the torn radial collateral ligament in his left ring finger, said he's "not too concerned" about the All-Star Game, when asked if he thinks he'll be back for the league's annual showcase on Feb. 16 in Chicago. "Right now we are sixth in the East," Embiid said. "Next week, I'm hoping to play."
Embiid said he would have to continue to keep wearing the protective device on his hand when he returns. "Still getting used to it," Embiid said of playing again post-surgery. "From time to time, you get slapped on the hand, so going through practice and going through those scenarios and seeing how it goes and also getting back into it. I had a little time off where I couldn't do anything with the surgery, so probably a little bit winded, and have to get my conditioning back."
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sixers All-Star Joel Embiid had successful surgery on left hand today, per source. Reevaluating in 1-2 weeks.
Derek Bodner: Brett Brown, asked about the possibility of not having Joel Embiid for the foreseeable future: "I don't know about the foreseeable future. It is disappointing for him not to play tonight, of course."
Keith Pompey: Joel Embiid declined to do a post-shootaround interview, preferring to speak before the game. But the #Sixers center said he feels good.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers center Joel Embiid is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game against the #AtlantaHawks with a sprained right ankle/sutures for lip laceration.
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been ruled out of Saturday's game at the Detroit Pistons, the team announced. Embiid complained of discomfort in his right ankle after the team's season-opening win against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. He has since been diagnosed with a sprained ankle.
Serena Winters: Joel Embiid did not practice today (right ankle sprain). Listed as questionable for tomorrow. He also received sutures for the lip laceration from the season opener
Serena Winters: Brett Brown has no update on Joel Embiid. (Currently still probable with upper respiratory)
Kyle Neubeck: Embiid went back to the locker room, didn’t see him do much other than shoot jumpers. Body language was not especially encouraging, could see a band aid on his arm where I presume he would have been hooked up to an IV this week. That’s all I got until decision is made.
Eric Koreen: Nurse on adjusting to Philly if Embiid doesn’t play: “I haven’t thought about that for one second until you brought that up."
Josh Lewenberg: Has Jimmy Butler asked Embiid how he's feeling? "I didn't ask how he's doing. I can look at him and tell how he's doing." How does he look? JB: "Sick. I tried to stay as far away as I could to tell you the truth. I love him but I don't want to be sick. I hate being sick."
Serena Winters: Joel Embiid seemed very sick talking to him post-game. He told us he could not sleep, was throwing up last night, and had to get an IV at 6AM this morning. Also said it was not related to the stomach issue he had for Game 2.
Eric Koreen: Brown on Embiid: “We hope to maintain and sort of increase his fitness base as the Brooklyn series and now the Toronto series play out."
Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid says the tendinitis in his left knee is still bothersome, but he's going to increase his workload in the second round against the Toronto Raptors regardless. "It's still not there. It's still trying to get better," Embiid said at shootaround Saturday in advance of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the favored Raptors. "But that's an issue that's going to be there at least all playoffs until I actually get some real time to get some rest and work on myself. ... "But, we did a good job managing it. Obviously I only averaged about 24 minutes last series, so this one I'm definitely going to need way more than that."
The same knee issue that caused him to miss 14 of the Sixers' 24 games after the All-Star break kept him out of Game 3 against the Nets. "It's hard because I'm known for playing through anything and pushing, pushing it," Embiid said. "And in some situations like Game 3, I couldn't go because it was too much. But like I said, I just got to keep managing it and see how I feel and then go from there."
Brian Lewis: #Sixers center Joel Embiid (knee) is officially listed as probable for Tuesday's Game 5. #nets #76ers #NBAPlayoffs
Kristian Winfield: Brett Brown on Joel Embiid injury status: “I’m a recipient of the news, and I coach accordingly.” Pretty bizarre situation
Embiid is questionable for Game 4 on Sunday. "It's tough," Embiid said before Thursday's game when asked about his health. "That's what tendinitis is all about. And some days you got your days, and some other days is different. So, even in the games that I play, I just try to go out there and try to play for these guys. I try to help us win the series and eliminate them. So, whatever, whatever I can do. But it's hard. I just got to keep pushing it and see how it goes."
Dave McMenamin: Embiid, pregame, speaking about his health: "It’s tough. That’s what tendinitis is all about. And some days you got your days and some other days is different. So even in the games that I play I just try to go out there and try to play for these guys ... (1 of 2)
Brian Lewis: Asked if he has different game plans dependent on Embiid’s availability, Brown stretched his hand out to his left and said “There’s night...” then to his right, and said “and then there’s day. That’s the truth. It’s Joel Embiid.” #sixers #nets #76ers
Serena Winters: Joel Embiid is still listed as questionable on the 530 injury report. Jonah Bolden is probable (left knee soreness) James Ennis III (right quad contusion) is probable.
I am sure Embiid is tough and can play through his current knee issue, but the worry goes beyond the playoffs this year. The picture above indicates concern about a long-term issue. The brace shown is used for unicompartmental arthritis. It could be used for a bone bruise, but absent an acute injury that is unlikely. And given Embiid’s long-term value, I doubt the Sixers medical staff would allow him to play through a bone bruise to risk further damage. Therefore the brace almost certainly means Embiid’s longevity is in question.
Derek Bodner: #sixers 5:30 PM injury report: - Joel Embiid (questionable, left knee soreness) - Jonah Bolden (probable, left knee soreness) - James Ennis (doubtful, right quad contusion).
Tom Moore: Joel Embiid: ‘I decided 15 minutes before the game to push through the pain.’ Said he experienced some pain but is fine.
October 20, 2021 | 9:48 am EDT Update
Tucker declined to discuss the offer he received from the Bucks in free agency. “I was pretty surprised,” Tucker said of not ending up back with the Bucks. “You win a championship and you’re part of winning something special like that, you would expect that. A chance of it not happening? There’s a chance. It didn’t happen. Does it happen a lot? I don’t think so, not in that situation, not in those situations. You watch role guys in series in the past, usually those guys go back. So I’ll take my situation as just that, a particular situation. I move on from it and keep it going.”
Tucker was successful in helping the Bucks win a championship in July, but just three months later he’ll be facing his former team as a member of the Heat. “I don’t even want to talk about it,” Tucker said when asked about specifics regarding his departure from Milwaukee. “It’s that far removed from my mind now. Like it’s something that happened. Everything worked out. I’m happy where I’m at. And I move on.”
But Thursday’s matchup against the Bucks feels somewhat personal for at least one player on the Heat’s roster, and he actually won an NBA championship with Milwaukee last season: Veteran forward P.J. Tucker. “I mean, come on, we’re competitors. I was part of that,” Tucker said this week of facing his former team on Thursday at FTX Arena (8 p.m., Bally Sports Sun). “To not be back? For sure. You know it’s like natural human behavior. Definitely, I want to win this game better than I want to win any other game. Yes, I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t.”
There’s an expectation that Williamson will resume play under a minutes restriction when he does take the floor, sources said, typical for stars returning from injury. But with Williamson, who bristled at the training wheels Pelicans officials placed on his reintegration from a torn meniscus injury as a rookie, it could be a higher-stakes game of poker.
When he joined the Pelicans’ recent preseason trip to Minnesota, several league personnel on hand were struck by his heavier appearance than his listed playing weight last season of 284 pounds. “I know Zion at 280, and he was not 280,” said one observer. “These are the injuries you have to be the most concerned about, a foot injury for a guy with noted weight issues,” said one Western Conference executive.
There’s a strong belief in league circles that the Pelicans were unaware of that procedure until Williamson reported to New Orleans ahead of media day, although one team source contacted by B/R maintained the Pelicans and Williamson were aligned on the injury’s timeline.
Before Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin addressed reporters last Thursday, word was already circling around the league that Williamson was unlikely to make his 2021-22 debut before November, at the earliest. It was even known in rival front offices that Griffin planned to speak on the matter rather than issue a press release. This all comes after league figures raised a collective eyebrow when Griffin blamed Williamson’s season-ending finger injury on poor officiating.
Tatum’s post-COVID-19 recovery ramp-up saw him turn into one of the league’s top free-throw machines, drawing 7.6 a night in the final 18 games of the regular season. It started with his 53-point explosion against Minnesota on April 9, which seemed to be his springboard to the next level of his game. That would have ranked him seventh in the league for the season, right between fellow Hanlen client Bradley Beal and James Harden. He was averaging just 4.4 free throw attempts per game up to that point but kept it going in the playoffs with four double-digit free-throw attempt nights in six games (including the Play-In Tournament game against Beal’s Wizards) and going 62 of 66 overall in those games.