Joel Embiid Listed as Questionable for Game 3 vs. Nets
After failing to release a 1:30 PM injury report, the Philadelphia 76ers waited until late Wednesday afternoon to get one out for Game 3.
As it turns out, the injury report doesn't look so bad for Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets. After dealing with a handful of injuries on board for the first two games, the Sixers are almost entirely healthy. The keyword here is almost. They are not quite fully healthy just yet, and probably never will be as long as Sixers' center Joel Embiid keeps dealing with his nagging knee injury.
So as it stands right now, the only injured player for Thursday's game against the Sixers is their big man, Joel Embiid. As expected, Embiid is still dealing with some pain in his knee from the tendinitis. Although he played in both of the Sixers' playoff games thus far, the team will still do all they can to ensure that Embiid feels healthy enough to play.
On Wednesday, the Sixers returned to practice after a day off. Embiid was not present for media availability as he missed practice. Apparently, Embiid got the extra day off as he was getting the treatment done for his knee. He played in 24 minutes during the Game 1 and played in 21 minutes for the second matchup. Fortunately, the Sixers were a force in Game 2, causing a blowout to happen, which offered Embiid some extra rest towards the end of the game.
Brett Brown mentioned on Wednesday that if the Sixers needed him to, Embiid could've played more minutes on Monday night. But since they were in the driver's seat of Game 2, they didn't need to force him out there. While Embiid is questionable, at this point, it's expected that he will play, whether he's dealing with pain or not. Expect him to be a game-time decision for the third consecutive game.