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
Justin Grasso: Doc Rivers on Joel Embiid, who is out tonight: “I don’t know if he took a step backwards, [his back] is still sore from the fall.” #Sixers
Derek Bodner: Joel Embiid is out tonight with back tightness. #sixers
July 5, 2022 | 9:54 am EDT Update
Fred Katz: People I talk to around the league expect the Knicks to get dinged for tampering. They started dumping salary for Brunson on draft night. They continued their offloading five days later, 48 hours before free agency even began. They had let go of almost $33 million by the time they could talk to Brunson. You reported two days before free agency that he was heading to New York.
Fred Katz: From what I’ve gathered, the Mavericks are quite frustrated with the Knicks — and not just because reports of a finished deal came out before New York was even allowed to speak with Brunson (though I am not sure how tampering rules account for father-son relationships, and this situation involves two of those). Dallas wasn’t thrilled about Knicks executive William “World Wide Wes” Wesley showing up courtside to a Mavs-Jazz playoff game, either.
July 5, 2022 | 8:55 am EDT Update
BasketNews: Boban dunking without even jumping is truly a sight for our eyes 😅 #FIBAWC #WinForAll pic.twitter.com/r2JBJbLRZO
July 5, 2022 | 5:38 am EDT Update
The Sacramento Kings looked back at a player selected in the 2017 NBA Draft with only the 57th pick. The Brooklyn Nets chose this player, but his rights were transferred to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the blockbuster James Harden trade. No other team was as excited as the Kings. Talking with BasketNews, Vezenkov admitted – he’s the closest to the NBA he’s ever been. “I knew the Kings were interested in me, they watched me play during the season,” Vezenkov said. “I wasn’t sure when or how this was going to turn out. I’m telling everybody now that all I know and all I’m happy about is that my rights belong to a team that is interested in me. The Kings show the attention and want to see me.”