Joel Embiid Feb 15, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) dribbles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers may be without MVP candidate Joel Embiid when they open the Eastern Conference Second Round on Monday.

The Sixers face the Boston Celtics in the next round, but Embiid might not be ready. Head coach Doc Rivers told the media on Saturday that the team’s star center is “doubtful” to play on Monday night against the Celtics.

“Doc Rivers says Joel Embiid didn’t do anything today, and ‘if he’s a betting man, would say he’s doubtful’ for Game 1,” Tim Bontemps tweeted.

Embiid is simply one of the best players in the NBA. He averaged 33.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in 66 games this past season. Embiid shot 54.8 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the line as he proved to be a threat everywhere. He makes the Sixers go; without him, the team will face a significant challenge.

Philly swept the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference First Round. The Nets were no match for the Sixers, who hit them from all angles. Meanwhile, Boston finished their series with the Atlanta Hawks earlier this week. Jayson Tatum famously apologized to the legendary Janet Jackson, who had a concert moved after it was double-booked at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

The NBA world reacted to the horrible update on Joel Embiid. Not many were thrilled.

[Tim Bontemps]

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