Storyline: Joel Embiid Injury

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2 months ago via ESPN

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.”
2 months ago via ESPN

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.”

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.
3 months ago via ESPN

Asked whether or not Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) would make the Sixers’ trip to Houston on Friday, coach Brett Brown said: “We are still going through that. There has been no decision officially on that. The bottom line is we have come this far in relation to rest after the All Star break — personally, I am at a stage where if it requires more time, so be it. The end game is obvious: it is trying to deliver him to the playoffs healthy. I do look up from time to time and pay attention to the calendar. It’s not like you have an abundance of time.” Embiid has been out since the All Star Break.
3 months ago via ESPN

Joel Embiid said the reason behind his decision to sit out the past several games with left knee soreness — including Saturday night’s nationally televised showdown with the Golden State Warriors — is that he’s focusing on his long-term health. “It’s all about long-term preservation and making sure I’m ready not just for the playoffs, but also for the next 15 years,” Embiid said before Saturday night’s game at Wells Fargo Center. “Knowing the team, what we’ve been through, and knowing me and I like to push everything, I like to play through anything. We just felt like it was better to preserve. “I didn’t feel good, but it’s getting better.”
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