The Philadelphia 76ers status of the star of Joel Embiid for match 1 of the first round of the playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets remains in limbo.
He was officially named "doubtful" for Saturday's game loading management – pain in his left knee.
"I have no idea," Embiid told reporters when asked if he would be able to play against Brooklyn when the series begins on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET no ESPN no Wells Fargo Center de Filadelfia.
Speaking before being partially involved in Friday practice, Embiid admitted that he has been experiencing growing pain in his left knee and said he will be able to open the series against the Nets to determine how controllable the pain is. – An admission that he would not be free of pain.
"This is pain in the knee," said Embiid. "I just kept working on it and I see how I feel every day."
With some of the best league players targeting the free agency in July, the next playoffs have an extra layer of stress.
Sixers General Director Elton Brand told reporters before the end of Wednesday's season against the Chicago Bulls that it was "possible" that Embiid was not prepared for the start of the season's race.
The lost time of Embiid has become a common theme for the Sixers in the last two months. After losing only four of the first 60 games of the team that took the All-Star wheel, Embiid, which equalized 27.5 points and 13.4 rebounds in 64 regular season games, has played only eight of the 22 games of Philadelphia since then – including the session being the first eight games after the All-Star Game, in which he played 23 minutes, and five of the finals of the seven regular season contests.
He made it clear Friday that he will decide whether he plays or not.
"It's my decision because I feel pain and it's my body," said Embiid. "[The team is] You will do what you can until it prepares me and healthy, but if my body does not respond depending on the level of pain, it really can not do anything. "
Jonah Bolden is listed as questionable for the opener after experiencing left knee pain, although Jimmy Butler is ready to play after losing four of the last six games with a back injury.