The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to bounce back from a tough Game 1 loss to the Atlanta Hawks as they head into Game 2 on Tuesday, but they won’t be able to get much of anything done if their superstar big man is not as his best.
Joel Embiid returned from a one-game absence on Sunday after being diagnosed with a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and he looked like he was moving well. He had 39 points and nine rebounds in what can be categorized as a normal Embiid game.
After the game, the MVP finalist explained all of the types of treatment he plans to undergo to get ready for Game 2 and as the team convened for a film session on Monday, coach Doc Rivers was happy with what he saw from him.
“He looked pretty good,” said Rivers. “Obviously, we didn’t do much today, but just my observation, without being a real medical doctor, is that he looked pretty good. We were happy with everything.”
The initial timeline for Embiid was that he is day-to-day. Now that he is officially back in the lineup, that timeline could go out the window, but considering how important he is to their chances, they won’t just throw caution to the wind.
“I think we always have to worry,” Rivers added. “I don’t think we’re out of the woods, I’ll put it that way. I think after each game he’s gonna be evaluated for a while. I don’t know how long that lasts, there may be three or four or five games, but we’re still not out of the woods, I guess, would be the best way to describe it.”
The Sixers will be looking to pick up a huge win on Tuesday to make it a 1-1 series before the scene shifts to Atlanta for Game 3.
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