Embiid has not played since April 6 due to a knee issue, which had the Philadelphia 76ers saying they were unsure if he would be available for Game 1 of their first round series against the Brooklyn Nets. The Sixers' vaunted starting lineup of Embiid, Butler, Harris, JJ Redick and Ben Simmons has only technically played in 10 games together. The 25-year-old is one of the game's most prolific stars, having averaged 27.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game in 64 regular season contests.
While the third-seeded 76ers are the favorite to win the series, the Nets are a scrappy team and they'll need everyone healthy to win games.
"It's completely unacceptable and we will deal with it internally, very soon", Brown said.
Game 2 is Monday at 8:00 p.m. EST from Philadelphia as the 76ers look to bounce back. And Davis added 12 points and 16 rebounds, his energy making Embiid look lethargic at times.
"[General manager] Sean Marks has done a great job and Kenny's done a great job with players he's been provided", Sixers coach Brett Brown said.
This means that all the coverage can be followed live on your desktop or laptop via the Sky Go app, which if you're an existing customer, is also available on iOS and Android smartphone and tablet devices. LeVert hit two straight 3s for a 14-point lead and the Sixers-who had been the darlings of the city during the Process-were soundly booed off the court by 20,000 fans ticked off at a supposed East contender.
We'll see what Jimmy Butler - who called his Timberwolves teammates "soft" before he was traded to the 76ers - has to say if he is asked about this moment.
"I'll point exclusively to fatigue", Brown said. "I'm focused on the Brooklyn Nets".