Embiid can come back in round 2, but… Large Variables in PHI
There was a prospect that Joel Embiid (Philadelphia) would be able to return in the second round. However, you must wear protective gear. It means that you can run in a condition that is not normal condition.
The 2023 NBA playoffs are a ‘war with injuries’. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee) returned from injury, but Victor Oladipo (Miami) had an indefinite hiatus. The LA Clippers were also hit hard by injuries. The Philadelphia 76ers also had a variable called Embiid’s injury, but took a breather by finishing the first round with a sweep against the Brooklyn Nets.
The key is the timing of Embiid’s comeback and his condition. Embiid complained of pain in his knee during Game 3 of the first round against Brooklyn. Embiid played the game even while limping on his knee, but it was difficult to maintain his performance. Embiid, who averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds and a field goal rate of 50% (13/26) until the second game, only scored 14 points, 10 rebounds and a field goal rate of 38.5% (5/13) in the third game.
The diagnosis was a lateral collateral ligament sprain. Fortunately, local media are predicting that Embiid will be able to return in the second round, but there are preconditions. “Philadelphia expects Embiid to be able to play early in the second round, but he may need to wear a knee brace,” said John Clark, who runs Philadelphia on NBC Sports. He can return from the first game at the earliest, but it is unknown whether he will be able to maintain normal condition.
Embiid averaged 33.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, steals and 1.7 blocks in 66 games in the regular league. His score was first overall, and he is considered a strong MVP candidate along with Nikola Jokic (Denver). Tyrese Maxi played an active role with an average of 21.8 points, 3.8 3-point shots (50% success rate), 5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 4 games in the 1st round, but if the column is shaken, the team’s offensive power will inevitably decrease. 토토사이트
Philadelphia is likely to face the Boston Celtics in the second round. The Boston and Atlanta Hawks winners face Philadelphia, and Boston currently leads with 3 wins and 1 loss. Boston is a team that puts firepower as its main weapon, recording an average of 120.5 points in the regular league and ranking second in this category.
If there is something wrong with Embiid, the top scorer, there will be restrictions on the firepower showdown. Philadelphia has advanced to the second round five times in the last six seasons, including reaching the second round for three consecutive seasons, but the last time it reached the Eastern Conference Finals was in 2001, when Allen Iverson played. Can Philadelphia overcome the variable of Embiid’s injury?