Head coach Philadelphia 76ers Brett Brown dismissed concerns after Joel Embiid finished the team’s scrimmage due to a calf problem.
Embiid missed the 102-97 loss to Sunday’s Thunder as the 76ers intensified preparations for their NBA return against the Pacers outside Orlando, Florida on August 1.
The triple All-Star scored 10 points, six rebounds and an assist in just under 13 minutes after Friday’s 90-83 win over the Grizzlies at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex. But the 76ers chose not to take any risks after Embiid, whose fitness was often questioned, began to feel calf tightness during the game.
“Not really,” Brown replied when asked if there was any frustration with Embiid missing the game time with injury. “It is the second game.
“If this had happened three to four games in what we call the regular season, [then yes]. There is always frustration, selfish frustration, and I sometimes know frustration for Joel. But initially [we’re] just try to be smart with everything and move on. “
“I think we just come out and handle it smartly,” said Brown.
Embiid averaged 23.4 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game prior to the coronavirus pandemic, forcing the NBA to be suspended in March.
The 76ers (39-26) are sixth in the Eastern Conference and share the same record as the fifth Pacers prior to the resumption of the competition.