Doc Rivers 'hopeful' Sixers will get Joel Embiid back
Joel Embiid has been dealing with yet another knee injury. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers center Joel Embiid's status is uncertain after being diagnosed with a small lateral meniscus tear  in his right knee, but the team remains hopeful that he’ll be able to return at some point during the playoffs. In a session with reporters on Wednesday afternoon, head coach Doc Rivers was asked if he thinks Embiid will be back on the court this postseason, per Derek Bodner of The Athletic:

Embiid was dominant in the first three games of Philadelphia’s first-round series with Washington, averaging 29.3 points per night as the Sixers took a 3-0 lead. He played just 11 minutes in Game 4 before leaving with knee soreness, and the Wizards were able to remain alive, setting up a potentially pivotal game on Wednesday night.

There’s more from the Atlantic Division:

  • Rivers defended his other star after the Wizards took advantage of Ben Simmons‘ poor free-throw shooting in the Game 4 victory, notes Brian Windhorst of ESPN. Washington committed four intentional fouls on Simmons, who missed three free throws in the final two minutes. “You want me to take Ben Simmons off the floor? He’s pretty good. I’ll pass on that suggestion,” Rivers said. “He could have (made more free throws), but he didn’t. But he still does other things. I’ll take that. Listen, keep the narrative going, we’re just going to keep playing.”
  • The Nets quickly shifted their focus to a second-round series with the Bucks after finishing off the Celtics Tuesday night, according to Malika Andrews of ESPN. “I’m thinking about them right now,” James Harden said at the postgame press conference. “Just the matchups and things that they do on both ends of the ball. Obviously, we know how good they are on both sides and their individual talents.”
  • The Knicks aren’t giving much attention to provocative comments from Hawks center Clint Capela, writes Marc Berman of The New York Post. “Don’t care, don’t care, don’t care,” Julius Randle said. “I just heard about it and I do not care. We’re not focused on that. We’re focused on what we’ve got to do as a team.”

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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