Brett Brown says Sixers are ‘still learning more’ about Joel Embiid’s knee injury
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown says the organization is “still learning more” about star center Joel Embiid’s knee injury, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Embiid is dealing with left knee soreness and hasn’t played post All-Star break.
Asked about Embiid's re-evaluation, Brown responded, "We are still learning more."
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) March 1, 2019
Since Joel Embiid has an extensive injury history, the Sixers are likely going to play it safe with him.
In 54 games this season for Philly, Embiid has been nothing short of spectacular. The two-time All-Star is averaging 27.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest while shooting 48.2 percent from the field, 29.5 percent from beyond the arc and 81.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Embiid has 48 double-doubles and one triple-double on the season. The Sixers are 36-18 when he’s in the lineup and enter Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at 39-22, good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
As long as there is no structural damage in Embiid’s knee, that’s all that matters. Pain will gradually go away for Embiid as he rests. While Joel is out of the lineup, the Sixers will lean on point-forward Ben Simmons, and small forwards Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris.
After Thursday’s game against the Thunder, the Sixers host the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.