Despite the day to day outlook, Embiid could be game ready if needed. Embiid was taking part in some shooting drills. Doc remarked on Embiid’s progress, “He looked great.”
However, even with this glimmer of hope, it is still uncertain whether he will play in game one. It is clear that the Sixers can play without him successfully but it isn’t clear how long they can keep this up. Embiid is a crutial element in their sucess thus far. The ballplayer is a big key in the cohesive and agressiveness the team desparately needs. The problem is should the team risk further injury by playing him game one?
Joel Embiid is out on the floor pregame shooting 👍🏼 pic.twitter.com/ppdxyk4ctd
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) June 2, 2021
The 27-year-old had an amazing season. Statistically speaking, Embiid is in line to receive MVP. He averaged 28.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 blocks across 51 games during the regular season. He ranked seventh among all NBA players in ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus.
“We’ve talked a couple of times,” said coach Doc Rivers.
“He is what you think he would be. He’s a competitor. The fact that he’s not playing tonight or whenever he can’t play, it bothers him. He’s really not in a great place that way, but he’s good. He’ll be fine.”
The coach continued saying he was hopefully that Embiid will be back when needed. Embiid’s progress could have him rejoining the team somewhere down the line.
“I can’t give you a timeline, I can’t give you anything right now. I can just tell you he’s willing to go through whatever it takes to get back on the floor. He’s a warrior and if there’s a way for him to get back on the floor, he will find his way.”