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:
Rivers, on whether he expects Embiid could return for the second round: "I have no expectation, other than I hope for him to be back. I can't give you a timeline...I can just tell you that he's willing to go through whatever it takes to get back on the floor. He's a warrior." https://t.co/IQdEULH2n2— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) June 2, 2021
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.
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