With the 76ers dispatching the Wizards in the first round of the playoffs, the attention has turned to the Hawks — and mostly, the status of Joel Embiid.
Right now, Embiid is day-to-day after suffering a slight tear to the meniscus in his right knee during Game 4 vs. the Wizards. The Sixers were able to win Game 5, anyway, and Seth Curry said that they hope to keep a good thing going as best they can, with or without Embiid.
“Joel’s been huge for us all year, so it’s only right for us to give him as much time as he needs to get back and help us win it all,” Curry told reporters.
The Sixers are the No. 1 overall seed in the East, the Hawks No. 4.
“I have no expectation, other than I hope for him to be back,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said of Embiid. “But I can’t give you a timeline — I can’t give you anything right now — so I can just tell you he’s willing to go through whatever it takes if that gets him 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.”
Rivers said he does in fact expected Embiid to return at some point in these playoffs.
“I don’t know when,” Rivers said. “I’m hopeful – I think that’d be a better way of putting it.”