Playoffs 2019 East First Round: 76ers (3) vs. Nets (6)

Sixers GM Brand implies Joel Embiid (left knee) might miss start of playoffs

Philadelphia 76ers general manager Elton Brand told reporters Wednesday that “it’s possible” that All-Star center Joel Embiid, who’s been dealing with knee and back issues since the All-Star break, might not be ready to play when the playoffs start this weekend.

Embiid and other starters were not scheduled to play in the season finale Wednesday as the Sixers hosted the Bulls.

Philadelphia rested the All-Star center on Tuesday night in the Sixers 122-99 loss to the Miami Heat, and has been held out for “load management” reasons and because of a sore left knee several times since the All-Star break.

The Sixers are the No. 3 seed in the East for the first round of the playoffs.