76ers: Update on Joel Embiid’s injury
The Philadelphia 76ers are now down 2-0 to the Miami Heat in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. The big issue right now is whether star center Joel Embiid can return in time to save their fortunes.
The 28-year-old center suffered an orbital fracture and concussion after Game 6 of the first round against the Toronto Raptors last Thursday. He scored 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in that game.
There Is Hope
Meanwhile, John Clark of NBCS reported that Embiid is “progressing well” and “there is real hope” for him to come back to the court on Friday night. “Joel would be playing through pain with orbital fracture and torn ligament in his thumb,” Clark said. “No one can ever question Joel’s toughness.”
"We talked Tuesday, and we talked Wednesday, He looked good, as far as talking. But he's got so many steps to go through, and I don't think he's cleared any of them right now. So we just have to wait and see."
- Doc Rivers
76ers Do Not Play Well Without Embiid
With Embiid hospitalized, the 76ers have been having trouble playing defense and catching up with Miami’s play. The Sixers lost a blowout against Heat in Game 1 and by double digits in Game 2 on Wednesday (final score 119-103). With Embiid out for the past two games, the responsibility fell on James Harden to keep the Sixers afloat. Unfortunately, he failed to do so.
"We're a team that's confident in what we can do, but we have to execute,"
- Tobias Harris
Ready Fore War?
Game 3 is scheduled for Friday night at 7 p.m. ET. The next two games, 3 and 4, will be played at the Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia. Regardless of what’s going on with Harden, the Sixers don’t have much time to figure things out. The team could be swept 4-0 if they cannot get a handle on the situation soon. Embiid should be available for Game 4. Even if he’s not 100 percent, his presence alone should give Philly a major boost.
in the narrow context of this playoff run the sixers don't seem that much worse off than other teams that are missing starters due to injury (though to be fair embiid is definitely the best and most important player to be missing currently - the mavs did miss luka for a while but also the timing of that injury was less bad). but in the context of the last 5-10 years the sixers are obviously the most cursed franchise in the NBA. not the worse franchise or the losingest franchise but the unluckiest. like they had a player just straight up forget how to shoot. embiid has had the same freak injury, twice, on different sides of his face. their GM's wife was caught harassing people on twitter. you will never convince me that sam hinkie didn't anger something ancient and inhuman buried deep beneath the earth. he toyed with forces we don't understand and now philly sports fans are suffering through it.
so true. this would have been FIRE game of zones material. a song of hamstrings and socialites
That and they don’t have good depth. It’s all on Embid or the 6ers are toast. Bad defenders and a system revolving 1 player. We saw in game 2 that they were making runs at the end, but the Heat just kept scoring and they couldn’t stop the bleeding. Oh and Green is washed af
The sixers are in no way the most cursed team in the nba playoffs lol. So many teams have had injuries this postseason already.
wrote about the unbelievable and ongoing cursedness of the philadelphia 76ers. give these guys a break!
“Mostly I just want to believe there’s a limit to the bizarre and relentlessly catastrophic cruelty that a team and fanbase can endure.” #NBAPlayoffs https://slate.com/culture/2022/05/phildelphia-76ers-sixers-woes-embiid-injury-playoffs-process.html… | by @jack_hamilton
Basketball karma is real and you can’t tell me otherwise. Heat have never tanked and turned Bam and Herro (late lottery picks) into all stars/future all stars. It starts with a culture and it goes from there, as much as you guys want to talk about how that doesn’t matter.
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