Joel Embiid gives troubling health update ahead of playoffs

Joel Embiid Could Miss The First Playoff Game For 76ers

After splitting the series (2-2) during the regular season, all eyes will be on the Sixers to see if they have what it takes to take down the inexperienced Nets in the playoffs with a much better team compared to past year. While Butler had become somewhat cantankerous in the Minnesota locker room, Brand believed putting Butler next to Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons would release some clutch offense constipation.

Imagine telling someone a few years ago the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets would be meeting in the NBA Playoffs in 2019.

He was officially listed as "doubtful" for Saturday's game withload management - left knee soreness.

On Friday, Embiid told reporters that he has "no idea" what his playing status is ahead of Saturday. Embiid sat out Wednesday's regular-season finale against Chicago, his fifth absence in seven games to close out the season.

The 7-footer was relatively healthy this season, however 13 of the 18 games he's missed have come after the All-Star break, with the team struggling in those games at 6-7 without Embiid, who has battled minor knee and back injuries in recent weeks. First, he jumped on the opportunity to acquire Jimmy Butler to give the Sixers a crunchtime scorer they so desperately desired. Foot and knee injuries have sidelined him for long periods of time, including a torn meniscus in his ailing left knee suffered in 2017. It's been reported that the team is waiting until after practice today to make a decision. "I think he'll present well and he'll be ready, but we don't know".