Sixers injury update: Joel Embiid should be available for team's 1st seeding game

Sixers injury update: Joel Embiid should be available for team's 1st seeding game

It appears Joel Embiid should be good to go for the Sixers’ first meaningful game since March 11.

The All-Star center is not on the injury report the Sixers submitted Friday night ahead of their game tomorrow against the Indiana Pacers. He’d played 12:57 in the first half of the Sixers’ opening scrimmage at Disney World, then exited with right calf tightness and sat out the team’s final two scrimmages. 

Embiid had missed 21 of the Sixers’ 65 games before the NBA’s hiatus because of injuries to his right ankle, left ring finger and left shoulder, in addition to an early-season suspension following a fight with the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns. He’s averaged 30.2 minutes per game this season, but Brett Brown hopes to increase that number to approximately 38 for the playoffs. 

The 26-year-old has expressed an intent to "carry" the Sixers offensively at Disney World. Brown wants him averaging at least 10 free throws per game. 

I know what I’m capable of, and I know what my teammates think of me. I know I’m capable of carrying the team,” Embiid said on July 8. “It’s all about me being assertive. If I feel like I'm not getting the ball, I've just got to talk to them and do what I have to do, but at the end of the day, I should never be in a position to complain about not getting the ball, just because of who I am. 

“I believe I can carry the team. I believe that by being able to do that, I’ve just got to take matters into my own hands. … Obviously I need to be in positions where I feel comfortable, and I'm sure my teammates are going to help me.

Embiid’s partnership with Al Horford is something worth watching in the seeding games. The two shared the floor for a little under four minutes in the Sixers’ first scrimmage and were not practicing together during the team’s early practices in Florida. 

Raul Neto (lower back tightness) is probable and Glenn Robinson III (left hip pointer) is doubtful. Robinson, who suffered the injury in the Sixers’ scrimmage against the Thunder, has drawn praise from Brown and should be in the competition for a playoff rotation spot when healthy.

“A lot of energy, determination from Glenn, really crashing the offensive glass — that’s huge for our group — and then hitting the open three,” Brown said Friday. “Glenn was shooting the ball quite well in all of our practices and that is something that I look forward to once he’s back. I feel like he will be able to help us in both of those regards.”

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Sixers injury update: Glenn Robinson III (left hip pointer) out for rest of scrimmage vs. Thunder

Sixers injury update: Glenn Robinson III (left hip pointer) out for rest of scrimmage vs. Thunder

Updated: 3:08 p.m. 

Sixers wing Glenn Robinson III sustained a left hip pointer injury in the Sixers' scrimmage against the Thunder on Sunday and did not return to the action. 

Robinson collided with the Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson in the second quarter of Sunday’s scrimmage. He stayed in the game immediately after the collision and split a pair of three-point attempts, though he appeared to be in discomfort. In seven minutes, Robinson had seven points, made 2 of 3 threes and grabbed three rebounds. 

The Sixers’ final scrimmage before seeding games begin is Tuesday against the Mavericks. Both Joel Embiid (right calf tightness) and Raul Neto (lower back tightness) missed the scrimmage against Oklahoma City. 

The 26-year-old Robinson is in the mix to be part of the Sixers’ playoff rotation along with Matisse Thybulle, Furkan Korkmaz and Alec Burks. He joined the Sixers with Burks in a February trade and was looking forward to familiarizing himself with his new team again after the NBA’s hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Leading into the playoffs, I think it’s important for me and Alec as two new guys still around to make sure that we know the offense, make sure we know Brett (Brown’s) calls, his plays … along with our teammates,” he said on July 11. “Ben (Simmons) and (Embiid), we only had a couple games (together) with those guys being out with injuries and things like that. So I’m excited to get on the court with everybody once again and really get in the work.”

Brown has liked what he's seen from Robinson at Disney World. 

"I was told to take him out because of that (injury) — nothing, I guess, that serious," Brown said after the scrimmage. "I think he’s been playing really well. I’ve been happy with him all over the place. He had great practice sessions as well.”

Robinson’s 3-and-D ability would seem to make him a strong candidate for a rotation spot. After missing his first 10 three-point attempts following the trade and expressing some uncertainty over his role, he should now be well-positioned to earn playing time — health permitting. 

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Sixers injury update: Joel Embiid out for scrimmage vs. Thunder with right calf tightness

Sixers injury update: Joel Embiid out for scrimmage vs. Thunder with right calf tightness

Updated: 3:20 p.m. 

Joel Embiid's first competitive action since March did not go as planned.

The three-time All-Star missed Sunday's scrimmage vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder with right calf tightness. Embiid began experiencing discomfort in his calf during Friday's scrimmage against the Grizzlies, a source told NBC Sports Philadelphia's Paul Hudrick. He is considered day-to-day and will be re-evaluated on Monday. 

Raul Neto (lower back tightness) also sat out the scrimmage with lower back tightness. He felt discomfort during pregame warmups and will be re-evaluated tomorrow, a team spokesperson told NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

In the scrimmage against Memphis, Embiid played 12:57 and had 10 points on 3 of 10 shooting and six rebounds. He was the only starter not to appear in the second half. 

“I believe that we’re just getting out in front of stuff and being smart with it," Brett Brown said before the scrimmage Sunday. 

The Sixers were unable to work on the Embiid-Al Horford pairing, which played a little under four first-half minutes Friday. Embiid also didn't get to further develop his "big-big" chemistry with new starting power forward Ben Simmons, something Brown has been impressed by during the team's practices.

However, the Sixers had a chance to experiment with Horford at center in some different lineups. The 34-year-old had 13 points and nine rebounds in a strong performance against Oklahoma City, converting 4 of 5 three-pointers. 

The Sixers' final scrimmage is Tuesday vs. the Mavericks, and their first of eight seeding games is Saturday night against the Pacers. 

Following the scrimmage vs. the Thunder, a 102-97 loss in which Ben Simmons again impressed, Brown was concise when asked whether he or Embiid had concern about the injury.

“Neither of us have concern," he said.

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