Joel Embiid Remains Questionable vs. Hawks
Injury concerns will be a part of Joel Embiid's career as long as he's playing basketball. It's not a favorable situation for the Philadelphia 76ers, but it's an understandable one. After entering the NBA with expectations to miss his entire rookie season due to a foot injury, Embiid never had good luck when it comes to his health.
A few years into his exciting career, the Sixers have come to accept that those health issues will not go away. Before the season even started this year, Sixers' head coach Brett Brown made it clear that he fully expects Embiid to miss time in 2019. And so far, the head coach was correct with that assessment.
Embiid managed to make it out of training camp and the preseason in one piece. The Sixers' big man appeared in the season-opener against the Boston Celtics but ended up dealing with a couple of injuries throughout the matchup. First, Embiid took an elbow to the face, which gave him a lip laceration.
Then, at some point, the Sixers' center sprained his ankle, which kept him out of Saturday's game against the Detroit Pistons. Now, the Sixers are in Atlanta ready for a matchup with the Hawks, and Embiid's return is still up in the air.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey, Embiid will go into Monday night's matchup listed as questionable. However, Embiid did manage to get a workout in during the team's private shootaround. Though the session was closed off to the media, a source tells Pompey that Embiid "looked good" while testing his ankle. We'll see if the Sixers feel confident enough to play him on Monday.