By Peter Gleason
Joel Embiid is officially “questionable” for tonight’s Game 2 of the Sixers-Nets series at the Wells.
Which means that he’s playing.
Embiid played in Saturday’s 111-102 loss to the Nets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round.
The two-time All-Star – who was listed as “doubtful” for the first game of the series – tallied 22 points, along with 15 rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
Embiid missed five of the 76ers’ last seven regular-season games. Head coach Brett Brown described Embiid’s injury as a “slippery slope” when he met with reporters after practice yesterday.
“We are the recipient of Jo trying to inch along slowly and buy time,” Brown said. “You win a game, two more days, you win a game, three more days, you might drop one, four more days.
“How do you deliver him responsibly to a later date in ultimately what you hope will be a deep playoff run?”
Embiid averaged 27.5 points and 13.6 rebounds in 33.7 minutes per game in 2018-19. He shot 48.4 per cent from the field and 30 per cent from three-point range.
“It’s not as clear cut as you thought it would be on ‘how do you maintain a fitness base and still get his knee rest?'” Brown said. “What do we do to help him most now? I believe a solid plan is in place that can deliver him responsibly, incrementally to later dates.”