Joel Embiid Remains Questionable for Game 2
It's going to be a long series for Philadelphia 76ers' big man, Joel Embiid. As he continues to battle his knee tendinitis issues, Embiid is facing a tough, uphill battle. He's been dealing with the pain for the last couple months now, and even rest time isn't making it feel any better. At this point, Embiid doesn't have many options. He knows how significant his presence is to his team, but the pain just doesn't seem to be going away.
This past Saturday, Embiid entered into Game 1 listed as 'Doubtful.' As we know, he ended up playing and fighting through the severe pain his knee was causing. While Embiid appeared on the court for 24 minutes, his Head Coach Brett Brown knew just how exhausted he was. Will he be one-hundred percent healthy at any point this series? It's unlikely. However, it seems as though Embiid is trying his best to avoid missing any games.
According to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Marc Zumoff, Embiid is still listed as 'Questionable' for Game 2 against the Nets. At least this time around, Embiid isn't leaning towards not playing. But if his knee is causing him pain during pregame warmups, he could decide to sit this one out. Knowing that the Sixers could potentially land in an 0-2 hole, falling twice at home though, there's a good chance Embiid fights through the pain and makes another 20-plus minute appearance.
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