76ers' Doc Rivers: 'No Concern' About Joel Embiid's Knee Injury After Game 4 Loss

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJune 15, 2021

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JUNE 08: Head Coach Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during the first quarter against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Two of the Eastern Conference second round series at Wells Fargo Center on June 08, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers isn't ringing any alarm bells regarding the health of Joel Embiid but acknowledged the star center isn't at 100 percent.

Rivers told reporters there's "no concern" about Embiid before adding the four-time All-Star is "not going to be exactly what he was, but I will take it."

Embiid is continuing to play despite suffering a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee during Philadelphia's first-round series against the Washington Wizards.

The injury didn't seem to limit him too much in the first three games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks. He averaged 35.3 points and 10.3 rebounds as the Sixers took a 2-1 series lead.

Game 4 was another story, however. Embiid shot 4-of-20 from the floor en route to scoring 17 points in a 103-100 defeat. He missed all 12 of his shot attempts in the second half, the last of which was a layup in the final seconds that would've put the 76ers ahead.

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Tough sequence for the 76ers 😳 pic.twitter.com/QVv7sebCSz

The 27-year-old said after the game his knee had been bothering him.

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#Sixers center Joel Embiid: 'That was a blown opportunity. Can't change it. Got to move on for Game 5. ... Asked if knee is bothering him, he said, 'Yeah. Just got to do the best I can.'

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Joel Embiid on the final shot: "I just didn't have the lift." Said that he would normally try to dunk it in that spot.<br><br>On the whole second half: "There's no excuses. I got to be better."

Not all Sixers fans are likely to share Rivers' sentiment on the situation. The No. 1 seed in the East becomes much more vulnerable if it can't count on its best player to deliver at his usual level. 

The schedule doesn't do Embiid and the Sixers any favors, either.

Philly and Atlanta had two days off between Games 2 and 3 and another two-day break between Games 3 and 4. The rest of the way, they'll only have one day to rest in between games, giving Embiid's injured knee less time to recover.

Perhaps the second half Monday night was a bit of an aberration and the 7-footer will look more like himself Wednesday. If not, the 76ers are in trouble.