NBA rumors: Joel Embiid out at least a week

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will miss at least a week with a sore left knee. Embiid underwent an MRI on Tuesday, which revealed no structural damage, and he will undergo physical therapy until he is evaluated again next week. The 24-year-old Embiid is averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in 54 games for the Sixers. He had 10 points and 12 rebounds in 23 minutes in last Sunday’s All-Star game.

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Jon Johnson: Per team source, Joel Embiid had been experiencing occasional knee soreness prior to all-star break, & had been receiving treatment. Returned from break, had precautionary scan, which was clean. Rest and physical therapy to ensure he’s in best health for stretch run.
Kyle Neubeck: Joel Embiid is not listed on the 5:30 pm injury report tonight. Barring a late change, seems everybody will be full go
Serena Winters: Some encouraging news, Brett Brown does not seem concerned about Joel Embiid’s back, said he’s fine.
Jessica Camerato: Joel Embiid will start tonight against the Rockets.
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.
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: Joel Embiid is out. JJ Redick will play
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.
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.
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.
"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 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: Here's the mask!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Jessica Camerato: Joel Embiid cleared the NBA concussion protocol. He is OUT for game two.
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 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
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