Embiid injury leaves Sixers Playoff Future Cloudy
This weekend there will be an abundance of Sunshine at the Jersey shore after a cloudy Memorial Day Week and this Sunday at 1pm the Sixers open the second round of the NBA playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks at the Wells Fargo Center. The Joel Embiid injury has clouded the Sixers' playoff hopes for a long run to the 2021 NBA Finals. There is great concern and speculation: How will the Sixers handle it moving forward? Embiid suffered a slight tear of his lateral meniscus in his right knee. Will Embiid be able to play with the injured knee in the 2021 NBA Playoffs? Should he play with the injured knee considering the potential long term impact on his future? Facing a hot Hawks team led by scoring sensation Trae Young, the Hawks went 27-11 after they fired their former Head Coach Lloyd Pierce and installed Nate McMillian as interim Head Coach. The Hawks defeated the New York Knicks 4-1 in the first round to advance to the 2nd round matchup against the 76ers. Can the Sixers find their way past the Hawks without Embiid? We will speculate about the Sixers future this weekend in The Locker Room with Billy Schweim.
The Phillies open an eight game homestand Friday night against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Bryce Harper and DiDi Gregorious both are expected to remain out of the lineup this weekend; Can the Phillies find a way to put together wins to stay competitive in the National League East as they remain four games out of first place? The only "good news" is Adam Haseley began his assignment Thursday night at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Finally The Third Leg of the Triple Crown, The Belmont Stakes takes place Saturday; The longest of the three premier races of the Horse Racing season will test the endurance of each horse at a mile and a half. We will handicap the race this weekend on The Locker Room with Billy Schweim.
On Saturday’s show, Scott McKay and I will talk with Orthopedic Surgeon Doctor Pat Szukics from Virtua Sports Medicine about Joel Embiid's knee injury and shed clarity on what's best for Embiid moving forward. We will also talk about the Phillies before hearing from Jeffrey Nash from Fast Lane Handicapper about the 2021 Belmont Stakes and preview the big race.
On Sunday’s show, Pete Thompson will join me in Studio as we preview the Sixers Game One against the Atlanta Hawks in the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Ed Barkowitz from the Philadelphia Daily News will check in with his thoughts about the Sixers chances to win the series against the Atlanta Hawks. Then it’s our second installment of the 2021 Beach Patrol Report; We will head down to Avalon and talk with Lieutenant Eric Wolf of the Avalon Beach Patrol about the 2021 Summer season!
All the action starts at 10am in The Locker Room with Billy Schweim every Saturday and Sunday on 97.3 ESPN radio!