Embiid (knee) is listed as doubtful for Friday's game against the Wizards and Saturday's game against the Knicks.
While Embiid went through a full practice Wednesday and indicated he felt fine afterward, the 76ers haven't medically cleared him yet and will continue to exercise caution with their franchise center, who missed the last 11 games leading up to the All-Star break with a bone bruise and minor meniscus tear in his left knee. Embiid doesn't appear to be noticeably hampered by the injury, but there's really no reason for the 76ers to rush him back, especially considering his well-chronicled injury history. Assuming Embiid doesn't return over the weekend, his next chance to take the floor will come Monday against the Warriors. For now, the combination of Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor would absorb most of the minutes at center, though it's possible that either of those players could be dealt before Thursday's trade deadline.
The Process has missed the past 11 games, but sounded optimistic when talking about his progress during the Rising Stars Game as part of Friday's NBA All-Star festivities. Embiid said he'd "probably" return after the break, adding, "if the practices before that go well, and I don't get any knee swelling or soreness, definitely." The 22-year-old Center from Kansas is no stranger to adversity as he missed his first two seasons with foot ailments and also dealt with the death of his brother. However, he's averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while converting just over 78 percent of shots from the charity stripe this season. With the trade deadline approaching, Philadelphia has made no secret about its desire to shop a different center in Jahlil Okafor -- if that comes to fruition, it could potentially clear the logjam in the frontcourt, where Nerlens Noel is also in the picture.
As anticipated, the 76ers will keep Embiid out for their final game before the All-Star break to give him more time to recover from the bone bruise in his left knee, extended his streak of absences to 11 games. In addition, the 76ers noted that while Embiid will travel to New Orleans for the All-Star Game festivities, he won't participate in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, nor the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. The team remains optimistic that Embiid's knee injury won't linger the rest of the season, and if he's able to resume practicing next week, he may even be cleared to suit up for the 76ers' first game out of the break Feb. 24 against the Wizards.
Embiid (knee) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Hornets, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports.
It was revealed Saturday that Embiid suffered a small meniscus tear in his left knee back on Jan. 20 that has limited to just one appearance in the 76ers' past 13 games, but it appears that isn't much of a concern. Instead, it's the bone bruise in the same knee that remains more of an issue for Embiid, and at this point, it seems likely that the 76ers will hold him out through the All-Star break to give him more recovery time. For the 76ers' final two games before the break, look for Nerlens Noel to start at center, with Richaun Holmes likely serving as his backup in the event that the team decides to hold out Jahlil Okafor, who has been the subject of trade rumors in recent days.
Embiid (knee) has a minor tear in the meniscus of his left knee, but surgery is not required, Derek Bodner of USA Today reports.
From the sounds of it, Embiid's minor meniscus tear may have been a "pre-existing condition which the MRI after his knee contusion revealed", according to Bodner. On a positive note for Embiid and the 76ers, it will not require surgery. That being said, an official timetable for his return has not been announced, as the 76ers are being understandably cautious with their star big man. Expect Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel to keep picking up extra work in his absence.
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