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.
Serena Winters: Brett Brown says Joel Embiid is still a game-time decision. Jonah Bolden is also a game-time decision.
ESPN Stats & Info: Joel Embiid is doubtful for Game 1 against the Nets (2:30 ET on ESPN). That is good news for the Nets, who struggled to stop Embiid this season. He played in all four meetings and averaged 30.0 PPG, 14.3 RPG and 5.0 APG on 60% FG and 46% 3-pt FG.
Brian Lewis: Jarrett Allen on if he thought Embiid would sit out: “No. Because we’re all basketball players & we all want to be out there in the playoffs… Its that time of the year where everybody wants to play. Its the best basketball out there. So I think he’s going to be out there.” #Nets
Kyle Neubeck: Joel Embiid has been listed as doubtful for Game 1 of the Brooklyn Nets series. Jonah Bolden is questionable.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers starters @Joel Embiid and JJ Redick and reserve @Mike Scott will all miss tonight’s game vs. the #Heat.
Serena Winters: Mike Scott is OUT for tonight's game (lower back tightness). Furkan Korkmaz (right knee surgery) has been upgraded to available for tonight's game. (Joel Embiid & JJ Redick are out. Jonah Bolden remains questionable with a sore left knee). #Sixers
Serena Winters: #Sixers updates Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) and JJ Redick (back tightness) are OUT for tomorrow's game vs. Miami. Jonah Bolden is questionable with a sore left knee. On a positive note, Furkan Korkmaz (right knee surgery) has been upgraded to questionable.
Derek Bodner: 5:30 pm #sixers injury report: - Jimmy Butler (out, back tightness) - James Ennis (out, right quad contusion) - Joel Embiid: questionable, left knee soreness.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers’ @Jimmy Butler (back) and @Joel Embiid (knee) are questionable for tomorrow’s game at #Bulls
Matt Velazquez: Jimmy Butler is listed as out for tonight with back soreness. Brett Brown says Joel Embiid is a game-time decision.
Asked about Embiid sitting out with the playoffs around the corner, Brown said it "isn't ideal" but also is the right move to ensure Embiid is healthy for the postseason. "In a perfect world, you'd have all these guys together and playing, and playing a lot, you know, growing in relation to familiarity and so on," Brown said. "You can go this way or that way. The way that we have chosen to go is the wisest of our options. I'm sure of that."
"This is not sort of a reaction to symptoms," Brown said. "It's just load management. Again, we're just trying to be smart and deliver him to play in the playoffs ready to go."
When asked about hosting Boston tomorrow, Brett Brown tells reporters in Charlotte he just got finished FaceTiming with Joel Embiid. "I can't wait. We're excited."
Joel Embiid will miss Tuesday’s matchup against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center for load management. The 76ers center, however, will be available to compete in Wednesday’s key contest against the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center.
December 1, 2021 | 3:33 pm EST Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: As I just reported on NBA Today with host @Malika Andrews: Suns star Devin Booker is expected to miss a few games with his left hamstring injury, per sources. It’s considered minor, and Suns plan to err on side of caution with a long way to go for a team with title hopes.
December 1, 2021 | 3:18 pm EST Update
Marc Stein: The Heat announce that Bam Adebayo will require surgery and is out indefinitely after sustaining a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com