Justin Grasso: Doc Rivers says he doesn’t think Joel Embiid will have surgery on his knee this offseason but he doesn’t know for sure #Sixers
Joel Embiid: PHILLY I LOVE YOU Sorry to disappoint you again Just know that I gave everything I had knowing the circumstances. If there’s one thing I’ve learned being here, it’s the TOUGHNESS this city has and that’s why I played with a torn meniscus. THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT ALL YEAR LONG!! pic.twitter.com/CsR47xOJDZ
Justin Grasso: Joel Embiid is playing tonight Furkan Korkmaz gets the start again #Sixers
Justin Grasso: Joel Embiid is a game-time decision tonight, but Doc Rivers is optimistic he’ll play again #Sixers
But Monday's outing, almost from the start, was a different story. At one point in the first half, Embiid had to retreat to the locker room for an evaluation of his ailing knee. "I guess it's already known," Embiid said, confirming it was the knee that was bothering him. "Don't need to explain ... I'm just trying to do the best I can." Even though the Sixers led by as many as 18 points in the first half, their centerpiece was off. He went 0-for-4 in the first quarter and finished 4-for-21 for the game, logging 17 points. "I thought in the beginning of the game, when I went back to the locker room, I just felt like I didn't have it tonight," Embiid admitted.
As far as him getting to 100% healthy the rest of this postseason? Don’t count on it. “I can do better,” he explained. “I can always do better, but as far as being 100%, I don’t think that’s gonna happen until this year is actually over. I just gotta go out and manage it and just deal with it.”
Embiid is receiving steady treatment on the knee, as he forges ahead in the postseason. "Playing with a torn meniscus is not easy," Embiid said. "Pain is going to be there. You just got to manage it. Tonight, rolling on my ankle, and falling on my back, it's tough. But, it's the playoffs, I can't complain. I'm here to play. I've said in the past, whatever I can do, I'm gonna give it the best I got. Even if I'm playing injured, I still got to do my job. That's why they pay me, and I want to win the championship."
Keith Pompey: #Sixers center Joel Embiid will play and start tonight vs. Hawks.
Derek Bodner: Doc Rivers says he does not plan to make a change to the starting lineup tonight. He says he is optimistic that Joel Embiid will play, but they won't know for sure until after his pregame routine.
Tom Moore: #Sixers coach Doc Rivers on Joel Embiid's knee coming off of Game 1: 'We didn't do much today, but my observation without being a real medical doctor is everything looked good.'
"Playing on a torn meniscus is not easy," the Sixers star said. "All I got to do is keep managing it. Do my best. Get as much treatment as I can. Try to manage it to make sure that it doesn't swell up too much. Obviously, the pain is going to be there. That's normal. "But it's all about managing it, doing whatever it takes to win. Because my goal is to win the championship. I'm going to put my body on the line to make sure that happens. I'm going to give everything I got."
Even though the Philly center seemed to tweak his knee late in the game and, while running down John Collins to foul him, fell to the floor, Embiid said he will continue to go full throttle. "As long as I'm OK to be out there and I'm going to give my best and I'm going to keep pushing until I can't," he said. "But as long as I'm out there, I'm going to play hard. I'm going to dive for loose balls. I'm going to do whatever it takes to win."
Noah Levick: Joel Embiid on his right knee: "It's all right. Playing on a torn meniscus is not easy, but it's all right. Just have to keep managing it and hope for the best."
Justin Grasso: Doc Rivers says Joel Embiid kept saying he felt great throughout the game. Now, he’ll have to get “tons of treatment and tons of rest” #Sixers
Tom Moore: #Sixers coach Doc Rivers on Joel Embiid: 'We did both (worked with and without Embiid) at today's shootaround.'
Marc Stein: Sixers coach Doc Rivers says Joel Embiid is a game-time decision for today's Game 1 against Atlanta.
Justin Grasso: Doc Rivers says Joel Embiid practiced again today but he still isn’t doing any live stuff #Sixers
Joel Embiid's status for Game 1 of Philadelphia's playoff series is still unknown because of a cartilage tear in his knee. The 76ers center remained day to day, and coach Doc Rivers said no decision has been made on the All-Star's availability for Game 1 against Atlanta. The Sixers are set to open their second-round playoff series with the Hawks at home Sunday.
Embiid has small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. He did not participate in live drills during Friday's practice. “He's got to go through his treatment,” Rivers said Friday. “As far as when we were doing shooting and stuff like that, he looked great. It's too early (to rule him out). I don't want to say one way or the other. We'll just find that out.”
Tom Moore: #Sixers veteran center Dwight Howard: '(Joel Embiid) looked good. His movement looked good laterally. I think he should be ready to go, (but) we don't want to rush him back. ... He looked like his old self.'
Candace Buckner: Joel Embiid (not playing tonight) walked on the floor to loud applause from the growing number of fans in the bldg. He’s taking jump shots around the perimeter, which has to be a decent* sign. * considering he has a lateral meniscus tear, pretty much any sign is “decent” pic.twitter.com/2Br4zKrKQP
Ky Carlin: Joel Embiid is getting some work in pregame #Sixers pic.twitter.com/z54YPRAR8j
Justin Grasso: Doc Rivers says Embiid is bothered because of the injury since he’s a competitior #Sixers
Noah Levick: Doc Rivers says Joel Embiid is "hanging in there." "Our job is to keep his spirits up and keep pushing him to get ready.'
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sixers center Joel Embiid has a small meniscus tear in his right knee and will be day-to-day, team says. He's out for Game 5 tonight.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Joel Embiid will be doubtful for Game 5, sources tell ESPN. He had an MRI on his right knee today, and is expected to be evaluated further in next day.
Noah Levick: Doc Rivers says he thinks Matisse Thybulle (left hand swelling) is 50-50 for tonight's game vs. Orlando. He believes Joel Embiid, Furkan Korkmaz and Shake Milton will be available.
Justin Grasso: Joel Embiid, Furkan Korkmaz, and Shake Milton are probable tonight. Matisse Thybulle is questionable #Sixers
Tony East: Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, Edmond Sumner, Myles Turner, and TJ Warren are OUT for the Pacers tonight against the 76ers. JaKarr Sampson has been upgraded to questionable as he recovers from a concussion. Matisse Thybulle and Furkan Korkmaz are OUT. Joel Embiid is questionable.
Chase Hughes: Robin Lopez will play tonight after missing last game with a left ankle sprain, per Scott Brooks.
Ky Carlin: Joel Embiid is now out today with the right shoulder soreness #Sixers
Noah Levick: Ben Simmons (illness) is out tonight, Doc Rivers says tonight. Joel Embiid will play. Rivers says he's counting on Tobias Harris and Seth Curry being available.
Kyle Neubeck: Curry, Simmons, Harris all missing this one tonight. Surprised Embiid is going but let’s see how this goes pic.twitter.com/8UCBdi6hiE
Derek Bodner: "A lot of guys are on the brink of either way (playing or not)," Doc Rivers says of his availability. "Instead of going by name, I think it's easier to just say it that way." Seth Curry, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons were all questionable on the 1:30 injury report
Noah Levick: Joel Embiid (left knee recovery) and Seth Curry (left hip flexor recovery) have been added to the injury report as questionable. Tobias Harris (right knee soreness) and Ben Simmons (illness) remain questionable.
Derek Bodner: The Sixers say that Joel Embiid (left knee bone bruise) is progressing well and has resumed on-court basketball activities, while ramping up his conditioning. The next update will be provided as appropriate.
MVP candidate Joel Embiid is expected to be reevaluated at the end of the week for the bone bruise on his left knee. Embiid has been out since March 12. There is no established return date for the Philadelphia 76ers All-Star. The organization will be extremely cautious and wait patiently until he’s back to MVP form physically and mentally, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The objective is to make sure he’s 100 percent ready to go for the playoffs, sources said.
The Jump: How worried are you about Joel Embiid's injury? "I'm not concerned anymore. I was concerned when the injury happen. 3 weeks is a long time. The 2nd half of the season is loaded. These games are important" - @Doc Rivers #NBA #NBATwitter #TheJump #HereTheyCome
Justin Grasso: Doc Rivers says Joel Embiid is great and happy that his injury wasn’t as bad as everybody thought it was. “He was in a pretty good place,” Rivers said. #Sixers
Rich Hoffman: Doc Rivers said there are no restrictions on Ben Simmons, who hard a "hard workout" yesterday. And on Joel Embiid, who was happy his injury isn't season ending: "Now that he knows all it takes is rehab, he has a game plan and we have a game plan that we're moving forward with."
Shams Charania: 76ers MVP candidate Joel Embiid is expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Keith Pompey: Sources confirm that Joel Embiid’s MRI revealed a no structural damage to the Sixers center’s left knee and that he has a bone bruise. There is no timetable for his return. @Ramona Shelburne and @Adrian Wojnarowski first reported this news.
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources with @Ramona Shelburne: Philadelphia Sixers star Joel Embiid's MRI showed no structural damage to his left knee, just a bone bruise. ACL and meniscus are fine. No timeline yet on a return.
He is still expected to miss time with the bone bruise, sources said, but there's significant relief within Sixers that the injury isn't something much worse. Embiid left Friday night's game when he hyperextended his left knee after landing with all his weight on his leg after a dunk in the third quarter.
Embiid had a similarly scary situation last month when he hyperextended his right knee in an awkward fall against the Portland Trail Blazers after blocking an Enes Kanter layup. In that game, Embiid returned a few minutes later and dominated, scoring 31 first-half points in a matchup Philadelphia eventually lost.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Philadelphia's Joel Embiid will undergo an MRI on his left knee, sources tell ESPN. He left tonight's game vs. Washington after a hard fall to floor.
Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers said he's "hoping for the best" as the team waits for an MRI on Joel Embiid's hyperextended left knee, which he suffered after landing with all his weight on his leg after a dunk in the third quarter of Friday night's 127-101 win over the Washington Wizards. "[He] just fell awkwardly," Rivers said, adding that Embiid will have the MRI after the team returns to Philadelphia later Friday night. "Thought there was a little contact when we went up to dunk the ball. Thought he fell with his balance off.
Kyle Neubeck: Tobias Harris on Embiid: “We’re just praying he’ll be okay and be healthy. We know how important Joel is to the team.” Mentions it’s especially tough since he knows how much time and effort Embiid has put into taking care of his body this year.
Chris W. Crouse: Joel Embiid says his back woes this season started with the fall against the Lakers (and LeBron’s foul). Called the ailment “not alarming.”
Rich Hoffman: Joel Embiid on his back: "It was pretty tight, but I just wanted to make sure we got the win." Said he wanted to give it a shot in the second half, but ends with, "I'll be fine."
Keith Pompey: Joel Embiid is now out with back tightness
Justin Grasso: Joel Embiid participated in shootaround tonight. Doc Rivers says he’s playing tonight #Sixers
March 22, 2023 | 9:21 pm EDT Update
Walt “Clyde” Frazier said he’d been “meandering” all day on Wednesday, one day after the loss of his longtime friend, captain and championship teammate, Willis Reed. “It took me so long to get dressed today,” the famously fashionable Frazier said softly before working Wednesday’s game between the Knicks and the Heat as the longtime analyst for MSG Networks. “It’s been devastating. After seeing him on the video for the 50th anniversary, I didn’t know he was that far gone. Everybody was really surprised.”
Law Murray: Clippers injury report for Thursday night: – Paul George (right knee) out – Norman Powell (left shoulder) out – Brandon Boston Jr. (tailbone) out – Jason Preston (G-League) out – Moussa Diabaté (2-way) out – Xavier Moon (2-way) out
Damichael Cole: A loud standing ovation for Ja Morant in his return to the floor. pic.twitter.com/0LrY2x5Afb
March 22, 2023 | 8:24 pm EDT Update
Mike Brown on Domantas Sabonis: He's as close to Draymond Green as a big man
Sabonis leads the NBA in rebounding and is dishing a career-high 7 assists per game. Every teammate — even Fox — knows to run the wings when Sabonis grabs a defensive board. “He is as close to Draymond Green as any big man I’ve seen in terms of someone who can get it off the glass, bring it up, and make the right play,” says Brown, who coached Green as an assistant in Golden State for six seasons.
During Sabonis’ rookie year in Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook invited Sabonis to early-morning workouts to go through the nuances of pick-and-roll, says Billy Donovan, who coached that Thunder team. They drilled how to read a defender’s feet, when Sabonis could slip screens, how Sabonis could make himself available for pocket passes. (One of Sabonis’ rookie duties was supplying Westbrook with Snapple for team flights, Sabonis and others on that team recall.) Sabonis was astonished that Fox ceded so much ball handling to him right away, including letting Sabonis rush the ball up after rebounds. “I was really surprised,” Sabonis says. “He has been with the Kings forever. This is his team. He really let me do my thing. Not many franchise point guards would let their big man bring the ball up. He ran with me. He set screens for me. That’s what shocked me most. That’s what made the transition so easy. Neither of us care who is who. We just want to win.”
Sabonis suffered an avulsion fracture in his right thumb and ligament damage in his hand. Fixing it required surgery that would cost between six and eight weeks. The Kings were 17-14, sixth in the West, only a couple games ahead of No. 11. Sabonis wanted to keep playing. “In my mind, sitting out was not an option,” he says. “Six to eight weeks — we can’t risk that.” He asked the team’s medical staff to wait to see if the swelling would subside. It did — enough. He joked that he didn’t use his right hand anyway. After consulting with doctors, trainers, and Sabonis’ agents, the decision was made: He’d play on. The training staff nicknamed him “Wolverine” for his apparent imperviousness to pain.
“He didn’t always understand — this should come from you,” Brown says. “To tape that thumb up and say ‘I’m playing,’ it sets the tone for the whole team. If he and De’Aaron are doing things like that, everyone else falls into line.”
In the weeks before the trade, Thunder officials had talked to Sabonis about playing him more at center — the position he preferred. He pictured himself in Oklahoma City long-term. As free agency approached, Sabonis heard rumors the Thunder might sign Blake Griffin and worried he could end up traded as a result. When news broke that the Clippers had re-signed Griffin, Sabonis was relieved and went to bed to rest up for his summer league game the next day. Minutes later, Thunder officials called to tell him he had been traded. “I was in shock,” he says. “Like, are you joking? I was not so happy.”