PHILADELPHIA – Joel Embiid’s status for Game 1 of the Philadelphia playoff series is still unknown due to a cartilage tear in his knee.
The 76ers center stayed on from day to day, and coach Doc Rivers said no decision has been made on the All-Star’s availability for Game 1 against Atlanta.
The Sixers are set to open their second-round playoff series with the Hawks at home on Sunday.
Embiid has a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. He did not participate in live drills during practice Friday.
“He has to go through his treatment,” Rivers said Friday. “As for when we were filming and things like that, it looked great. It’s too early (to rule it out). I don’t mean one way or another. We’ll find out. “
Embiid missed the decisive Eastern Conference playoff game in the Sixers’ first round against Washington after he was injured on Monday.
The 27-year-old Embiid averaged 28.5 points and 10.6 rebounds this season and was named an NBA MVP finalist.
The Sixers are the top seeds in the Eastern Conference and will also host Game 2 on Tuesday.