During his pregame availability on Monday, Head Coach Doc Rivers revealed the status of the finalist for Most Valuable Player.
Joel Embiid suffered a knee strain during the 76ers’ first-round game against the Brooklyn Nets and had to leave Game 3 of the series. He did not play in the subsequent match, which Philadelphia won to finish the first round with a perfect 3-0 record.
After sustaining his injury, he was given more time to recuperate, and during Philadelphia’s practices over the previous two days, he participated in some light shooting and drills.
“That was his first real court time, but there was zero running still,” Rivers recalled. “There was zero running.” “There is nothing for it except to fill the hole. There won’t be just one person handling everything or anything like that. This is the first year that we have had any experience with it. We have far exceeded our performance from previous years. Therefore, we are going to rely heavily on that.”
Joel Embiid won the scoring championship for the second year in a row with an average of 33.1 points per game this season. In addition to that, he pulled down 10.2 rebounds a game on average and tied a career-best with 4.2 assists. He participated in 66 games, the second-highest number of games he has played in his career.