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Joel Embiid listed as questionable for Game 2

Eliot Shorr-Parks
April 14, 2019 - 5:34 pm

Sixers center Joel Embiid has officially been labeled questionabledue to knee soreness for tomorrow night's Game 2 playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets. 

Embiid played just 24 minutes in the Game 1 loss, going 5-of-15 from the field and scoring 22 points. He almost didn't play at all, and it is possible a decision for Game 2 might not come until just minutes before tipoff.  

"I mean, I decided about 15 minutes before the game, 20 maybe," Embiid said. "I was out there just thinking “Oh my gosh, push through the pain.” And obviously, it came with a loss, but I was just trying to do the right thing."

After Game 1, Brown admitted that Embiid did not seem to be in game shape -- and it showed. 

"I mean I’m always just a recipient of news as opposed to like any kind of level of a decision-maker. When it gets to the health, like I’m the head coach. I listen more than I advise, as I should. I was advised that he could come in and play really late," Brown said. "Joel really wanted to play, he really, really wanted to play. I think the thing that I was most concerned about is what’s going to be the like outcome? We don’t want to look in the rearview mirror and have regrets. It’s game one. Somebody’s going to find a way to win four games and it happens as we all know, in many ways, shapes and forms. I thought that Joel looked like he hadn’t played for a while yet was still dominant. Look at his numbers and look at the free-throw attempts, but it was clear that the pace of the game, the speed of the game types of stuff, you could see that he was tired."

Embiid missed 14 of the Sixers' final 24 games in the regulat season due to his knee pain and for load management. 

The team badly needs him to not only play in Game 2, but to play at the MVP-caliber level he did during the regular season. 

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