Joel Embiid, Sixers’ Final Injury Report Status vs. Miami Heat

What's Joel Embiid's playing status for the Philadelphia 76ers' matchup against the Miami Heat on Wednesday?
Feb 27, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) and Miami
Feb 27, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) and Miami / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

This isn’t the way the Philadelphia 76ers wanted it, but there’s no turning back now.

Despite beginning the 2023-2024 NBA season as one of the Eastern Conference’s hottest teams, the Sixers were faced with a difficult challenge in early February.

The veteran center, Joel Embiid, went down with a meniscus injury. After opting for surgery, Embiid spent eight weeks off the court. Facing opponents without Embiid a handful of times prior to the major knee injury, the Sixers struggled to find success.

When they lost Embiid for a long stretch, they found it difficult to overcome the absence. The Sixers wrapped up the regular season by winning just 37 percent of their games in Embiid’s absence. After sliding down the Eastern Conference standings throughout the second half of the season, the 76ers found themselves in the NBA Play-In Tournament for the first time.

On Wednesday night, the Miami Heat are set to take on the Sixers in South Philly. As expected, both teams had quite a few notable names on the injury report. The Sixers’ included Embiid, who missed the team’s season finale, despite returning for the final two weeks of action during the regular season.

Sixers vs. Heat Injury Report

76ers

  • Robert Covington- OUT
  • Joel Embiid- AVAILABLE
  • KJ Martin- AVAILABLE
  • De’Anthony Melton- OUT

Heat

  • Tyler Hero- AVAILABLE
  • Kevin Love- AVAILABLE
  • Josh Richardson- OUT
  • Duncan Robinson- AVAILABLE
  • Terry Rozier- OUT

Quick Notes

  • Embiid appeared in five of the Sixers’ last seven games. He averaged 30 points, nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block during that stretch.
  • After dealing with hip tightness, Tyrese Maxey has appeared in five of the Sixers’ last six games. He averaged 38 minutes on the court.
  • The Sixers and the Heat split the regular season series this year, with the Sixers winning the last two games by an 11-point difference.

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Justin Grasso

JUSTIN GRASSO

Title: Credentialed writer/reporter covering the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated’s FanNation Email: JustinGrasso32@Gmail.com 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 Heavy.com 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