Joel Embiid Addresses Knee Injury After Play-In Win vs. Miami Heat

How is Joel Embiid feeling after the Philadelphia 76ers' win over the Miami Heat?
Apr 17, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) controls
Apr 17, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) controls / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Before the Philadelphia 76ers found themselves in their first Play-In Tournament game, the team battled against the Brooklyn Nets for the regular season finale.

Heading into the matchup, the Sixers had Joel Embiid listed as questionable on the injury report. Surprisingly, Embiid sat out for the critical matchup.

Embiid’s absence on Sunday left many curious. Considering the big man went to the locker room to get his knee checked out during last Friday’s win over the Orlando Magic, there was an initial worry that Embiid was experiencing a setback after returning from a multi-month recovery period following meniscus surgery.

Fortunately, Embiid’s scare was nothing more than a precautionary measure. Embiid finished out his shift in the second half of last Friday’s game. And although he missed Sunday’s action, the All-Star practiced in two sessions leading up to the Play-In battle and was eventually cleared for Wednesday’s game against the Heat.

With the Sixers facing a potential playoff absence, you could say the season was somewhat on the line on Wednesday. Therefore, Embiid checked in for 38 minutes against the Heat.

As expected, Wednesday’s game was a physical fight. Fortunately, Embiid managed to finish out the matchup without any scares this time around. After the game, the MVP-winning center offered up a small update regarding his knee.

“Hopefully, every day gets better,” he said after the game. “We’ll just keep monitoring it.”

Since returning to the Sixers’ lineup, Embiid has entered every game listed as questionable. Before the regular season concluded, he missed just two of the team’s final seven games. Wednesday’s game marked the eighth time in a row Embiid was questionable heading into the matchup.

The trend might continue on Saturday, when the Sixers pay a visit to the New York Knicks for Game 1 of the first round, but Embiid’s chances of continuing to play at this time seem high. As long as he doesn’t experience any setbacks on the court, the star center is in good shape to compete.

Justin Grasso


Title: Credentialed writer/reporter covering the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated’s FanNation Email: Location: Philadelphia, PA Expertise: Reporting, insight, and analysis on the Sixers and the NBA  Justin Grasso is a credentialed writer and publisher covering the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated’s FanNation.  Grasso got his start in sports media in 2016 with FantasyPros, working the news desk, providing game-by-game player analysis and updates on the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors. By 2017, he joined FanSided’s Philadelphia Eagles site as a staff writer. After spending one season covering the Eagles as a staff writer, Grasso was promoted to become the site’s Co-Editor. For the next two NFL seasons, he covered the Eagles closely before broadening his NFL coverage. For a brief stint, Grasso covered the NFL on a national basis after joining as an NFL news desk writer. In 2019, Grasso joined the 76ers' beat on a part-time basis, stepping into a role with South Jersey’s 97.3 ESPN. Ahead of the 2019-2020 NBA season, he concluded a three-year stint covering the Eagles and joined the Sixers beat full-time. Grasso has covered the 76ers exclusively since then for Sports Illustrated. He is a member of the Pro Basketball Writer’s Association.  Twitter: @JGrasso_ Instagram: @JGrassoNBA