The Philadelphia 76ers will open the 2019 NBA playoffs at home on Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets, but All-Star center Joel Embiid remains questionable with a sore left knee.
Embiid missed 14 of the final 24 games in the regular season with a combination of knee soreness and load management.
Still, the 76ers won 51 games thanks in large part to several trades by general manager Elton Brand.
The starting five of Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick and Embiid all sat out in the regular season finale against the Chicago Bulls. If this starting five can stay healthy, the No. 3-seeded Sixers will be tough to eliminate.
"I expect our starters to be available," Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. "If somebody tells me different, then so be it. But I hope my gut feel is right. That's what I expect and if somebody comes up and says that's not going to happen, then I'll deal with it."
Last season, the Sixers defeated the Miami Heat in five games in the opening round before falling to the Boston Celtics in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
This year's challenge will begin with the No. 6-seeded Nets, who split four meetings with the Sixers this season. >> Read more
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