Sixers’ Joel Embiid Doubtful for Game 1 vs. Celtics

76ers center Joel Embiid is doubtful for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with an LCL sprain in his right knee, coach Doc Rivers told reporters.Joel Embiid

Embiid did not practice on Saturday. Game 1 is set for Monday at Boston.

Embiid sustained the injury in Game 3 of the first-round series vs. the Nets. He finished that game but missed the next, which the Sixers won for a first-round sweep.

Per Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Embiid could wear a knee brace when he does return.

Clearly, this would be a major loss for the Sixers, considered the underdog in the series. An NBA MVP finalist, Embiid averaged a league-high 33.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. That included averages of a whopping 36.8 points and 11.8 rebounds against the Celtics.

Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday. also in Boston.


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