Joel Embiid
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Joel Embiid might not be fully healthy for the start of the playoffs when the Philadelphia 76ers take on the Brooklyn Nets.

Joel Embiid is an absolute monster. He’s impossible to stop because of his size and skill. It’s no surprise that he dominates the Brooklyn Nets almost every time he sees them.

The Philadelphia 76ers center is a legitimate superstar and will be the best player on the floor in the first round. Nonetheless, the All-Star is suffering from left knee soreness and his availability in Game 1 is unknown.

Sixers general manager Elton Brand was strangely cryptic about Embiid’s health.

Of course, this could be Brand running interference on the Nets. Floating the idea that Embiid might not play in Game 1 could be a smoke screen to throw off Brooklyn’s coaching staff.

On the other hand, Embiid’s health has always been a concern and head coach Brett Brown grew frustrated when asked about his big man’s status for the playoffs.

Clearly, there’s some concern in Philly. Of course, even if Embiid can’t go in Game 1, Brooklyn will face a tall task. Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler, and Tobias Harris are three All-Star caliber players and JJ Redick is one of the best shooters in the NBA.

That being said, the Sixers are a much more vulnerable team without Embiid patrolling the paint on both ends of the floor. His ability to impose his will through sheer physicality could be Brooklyn’s kryptonite.

For now, we’ll have to wait and see what happens with Embiid’s knee. Brooklyn travels to Philadelphia for Game 1 on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.