Embiid may miss 76ers' playoff opener with knee issue


Embiid's achy left knee may prevent the All-Star from playing in the playoff opener. (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Chicago. After missing just four of the team's first 60 games leading into the All-Star break, Embiid, who averaged 27.5 points and 13.4 rebounds in 64 regular-season games, has played only eight of Philadelphia's 22 games since then - including sitting out the first eight games following the All-Star Game, in which he played 23 minutes, and five of the team's final seven regular-season contests.

The third seed in the East, the 76ers will face the sixth-seeded Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs. This is the playoffs, I expect him to play. "I like our chances against any team".

Ben Simmons, JJ Redick, Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris also didn't play against the Bulls, and the lack of on-court time together for Philadelphia's heralded starting five is an admitted concern of Brown heading into the postseason.

"We want to make a deep playoff run", Brand said.

As for what to expect from the Sixers, well all the work put in over the previous year 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.

The Philadelphia 76ers became very aggressive this season.

Coach Jim Boylen is looking forward to a full training camp.

Boylen isn't concerned about his reputation.

"Well we would hope so", said Harris.

Chicago: Walt Lemon Jr. scored 20 points to lead the Bulls. Brown said the 76ers will go "8 ½" players deep in the playoffs.

Chicago: End of regular season.

Right away, one of the main factors that stands out about this series is how the travel will be limited for the two teams when seeing how the drive from Philadelphia to Brooklyn and vice versa really isn't too bad compared to what other teams will be dealing with.