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    Will Joel Embiid Play in Game 1 Against Hawks?

    Despite the day to day outlook, Embiid could be game ready if needed. Embiid was taking part in some shooting drills. Doc remarked on Embiid’s progress, “He looked great.”

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    Embiid’s progress is looking great as he participated in shooting drills. Still uncertain whether he’ll play in game one against Hawks. NBC Sports Philadelphia | Twitter

    However, even with this glimmer of hope, it is still uncertain whether he will play in game one. It is clear that the Sixers can play without him successfully but it isn’t clear how long they can keep this up. Embiid is a crutial element in their sucess thus far. The ballplayer is a big key in the cohesive and agressiveness the team desparately needs. The problem is should the team risk further injury by playing him game one? 

    The 27-year-old had an outstanding season and is a strong contender for MVP. In the regular season, In 51 games, he had an average of 28.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.4 blocks. He ranked seventh in ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus among all NBA players.

    “We’ve talked a couple of times,” said coach Doc Rivers.

    “He’s exactly as you would expect him to be. He’s a true competitor. It frustrates him when he can’t play, but overall he’s doing well. He’ll bounce back.”

    The coach continued saying he was hopefully that Embiid will be back when needed. Embiid’s progress could have him rejoining the team somewhere down the line.

    “I can’t give you a timeline, I can’t give you anything right now. I can assure you that he’s ready to do whatever it takes to return to the court. He’s a true fighter, and if there’s any possibility for him to play again, he will figure it out.

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