Yes, that’s a red flag you just saw go up — Philadelphia’s anchor Joel Embiid sat out Sunday’s scrimmage against Oklahoma City with what the team described as “right calf tightness.”
Embiid is listed as day-to-day.
The Sixers All-NBA center started having “discomfort in his calf during Friday’s scrimmage against the Grizzlies,” reports NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Paul Hudrick. Coach Brett Brown tried to play it down.
“I believe that we’re just getting out in front of stuff and being smart with it,” Brett Brown said before Sunday’s scrimmage.
The Sixers have another meaningless scrimmage Tuesday, vs. Dallas, then tip off the seeding games Saturday against Indiana, fittingly in a game that will be important for seeding.
Embiid averaged 23.4 points and 11.8 rebounds a game this season, and the Sixers were 4.5 points per 100 possessions better when he was on the floor. In the playoffs last season Embidd was far-and-away the best Sixers player and any hope the team has of making a deep run this season rests on his shoulders.
Which is why everyone will be monitoring his right calf.