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Joel Embiid cleared to play in Game 1 vs. Nets

Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid celebrates after a basket during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 118-115. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


It’s the playoffs, the days of “load management” are over. If a player is healthy enough, he plays.

Joel Embiid is healthy enough.

The 76ers All-Star center was listed as doubtful yesterday and was a game-time decision on Saturday before Game 1 against Brooklyn, but he is available and will suit up.

Embiid is critical to the Sixers play on both ends, they are +11.3 points per 100 possessions better when Embiid is on the court this season. He anchors the defense as a rim protector on defense and is a physical force on offense who can knock down threes.

The Sixers and Nets face off in Game 1 Saturday afternoon.