2021 Playoffs: East Semifinal | 76ers (1) vs. Hawks (5)
Sixers center Joel Embiid starts Game 1 vs. Hawks
Joel Embiid was listed as questionable entering Sunday's series opener with a meniscus tear in his right knee.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid was in the starting lineup Sunday even with a cartilage tear in his right knee for Game 1 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ Eastern Conference playoff series.
Embiid and the top-seeded Sixers are facing the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Tonight's starting five:
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) June 6, 2021
Embiid was injured in Monday’s Game 4 loss in the opening round against Washington and missed the Game 5 clincher. He was limited to shooting drills in practice this week and his status was uncertain right through warmups.
The Sixers are 42-13 with the NBA MVP finalist in the lineup. Without him, they are 11-11.
Atlanta’s De’Andre Hunter sat out the opener with a sore right knee.
Pretty massive swing in the past few minutes for Hawks-Sixers.
Joel Embiid is in and starting.
De’Andre Hunter, the Hawks’ best perimeter defender, is out with right knee soreness, the same knee that has bothered him since his surgery earlier in the season.
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) June 6, 2021