The team has announced that Joel Embiid, its MVP finalist, will be starting Game 1 of the playoff series against Atlanta Hawks. This comes after days of uncertainty. Doc Rivers, the head coach, previously stated that Embiid was a decision made at game time. It is clear that everything went well in pregame warmups to allow him to be available.
Embiid sustained a minor meniscus tear in his right leg in the first round playoffs. He was treated for the joel embiid injury and is now ready to play in the second game. The injury occurred in Game 4 against the Washington Wizards. After taking a fall while driving to the basket, Embiid left the game in the second quarter. He went up towards the rim but Robin Lopez blocked him. Embiid fell on his right foot and fell onto his back. He was out of the game for the entire second quarter, spending the rest of the game in the locker room. At halftime, he was declared out of the game by the Sixers with right knee pain. As the Sixers ended the series, he sat out Game 5.
Below is a play that shows where the injury occurred.
Philadelphia was able to continue without Embiid in the first round. However, it is clear that having him in the lineup will ensure the championship contenders team has the best outcome. But just because Embiid has returned to the starting lineup does not mean he is 100%. We will have to see how Embiid performs on his knee against Hawks to determine if he is able to play at the MVP-level that he has been operating at all season or if he still has the meniscus tear.