CAMDEN, N.J. — There was injury news that prompted a gasp from Sixers fans followed by a projection by Brett Brown that caused a sense of relief.
Joel Embiid did not participate in Sunday's practice because of a left ankle sprain and continuing left knee rehabilitation.
Brown does, however, expect Embiid will practice Monday and be available for the regular season opener Wednesday.
Embiid went through individualized training Sunday. Following the conclusion of practice, he worked on his shot — barefoot.
Embiid took spills during the preseason, including during Friday’s finale against the Heat. While he has been working on his landings, Embiid still plays physical basketball. He thrives on drawing contact, as evidenced by the 18 free throws he attempted in his debut last Wednesday.
“I'm going to live at the foul line," Embiid said after his debut last week.
Embiid scored 22 points and recorded seven rebounds against the Nets followed by five points and seven boards against the Heat. He underwent season-ending left knee surgery in March and has not played in a regular-season game since Jan. 27.