NBA Playoff Series Previews: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets

Joel Embiid Could Miss The First Playoff Game For 76ers

76ers rest starters ahead of playoffs, beat Bulls 125-109 | AP sports | Journal Gazette

(25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Chicago.

Embiid has a lengthy injury history, so the Sixers were being cautious to end the regular season, but now it appears that it could be a possibility that Embiid will miss the playoff opener.

76ers General manager Elton brown addressed the media ahead of today's game, saying "it's possible" that Embiid may not be ready to go for the first round, per Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Embiid, who has missed 14 games because of either injury or rest since the All-Star Game, where he played with teammate Ben Simmons, averaged 27.5 points and 13.5 boards this season.

3 seed, will host sixth-seeded Brooklyn in the first round.

"We'll adjust if he doesn't play", Atkinson said.

The 25-year-old center remained relatively healthy for most of the regular season, but left knee pain sidelined him down the stretch and continues to be a problem on the eve of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

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After being eliminated in the second round last season, the general manager would consider anything short of advancing past the second round this year as an unsuccessful season.

As for what to expect from the Sixers, well all the work put in over the a year ago to make sure this team is in better position to make a run at the NBA Finals will be put to test right away when facing the Nets.

"This is not sort of a reaction to symptoms", Brown said at the time. It has been a tumultuous rebuilding season for the Bulls, with Boylen taking over for fired Fred Hoiberg in December only to face a reported player mutiny shortly after his hire.

The Philadelphia 76ers became very aggressive this season.

"Well we would hope so", said Harris.

Philadelphia: Jonathon Simmons had 20 points to lead the 76ers.

Philadelphia: Host Brooklyn in first round of playoffs.

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