Joel Embiid Won't Play in Game 1

Posted April 14, 2018

If you throw out Fultz's appearances early in the season, which he made with the shoulder injury that cost him almost five months of the season, he's still only 10 games into his National Basketball Association career, yet can make meaningful contributions to a playoff team. The Miami series could be a great one.

Heat are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games.

Like I said, it was his to lose. "I think that it's come quicker than expected for most people. But we just got to see how it feels day-by-day".

Brett Brown confirmed on Friday that Embiid will not play for the Sixers in Game 1, as he went on the Dan Patrick Show Friday morning. As he told MH: "They've figured me out now and they can't stop what I'm going to do".

"People are going to say it's another level out there, it's a step up, more physical, another level", he said. "From that point going forward, we'll figure some stuff out. I got a's bad", Fultz says in the clip.

The Sixers youth will be a strength, and it's that inexperience of playing at a higher level that is also a weakness.

The All-Star center sustained a fractured orbital bone when collided with Markelle Fultz on March 28 and missed the remainder of the regular season.

I believe that this young Sixers team has a legitimate shot to get to the NBA Finals this year if they get to the Eastern Conference Finals.

After missing five straight months, Philadelphia fans greeted the point guard with a standing ovation, and later on in the game, serenaded him with a mockery of the Minnesota Vikings "Skol" chant, popularized by Philadelphia Eagles fans during the Eagles super bowl run, in which "Fultz" shouts echoed throughout Wells Fargo Center. So it's not the time to panic over inexperience or try to tinker with the rotation.

Today, their coach all but ruled him out for Game 1 against the Miami Heat.

Goran Dragic isn't anxious about his sore right knee entering the playoffs.

The Sixers and Heat had a competitive four-game series in the regular season.

The 76ers won 75 games combined from 2013-17, with the nadir a ten-win season in 2015/16.

The Sixers will be without Embiid but that hasn't hurt them down the stretch.

Should bettors be concerned with Philadelphia's lack of playoff experience? But he understands what his team leader was getting at. "You don't know what you don't know".

With the Bucks' playoff series with the Boston Celtics set, the previews and position by position breakdowns have inevitably trickled in to hold us over until the series tips off at 12 PM central time on Sunday afternoon.