After playing just four games to begin the year, he sat out to fix his injured shoulder that affected his jump shot. Philadelphia is 29-11 at home and 32-18 against the Eastern Conference so far this season.
Also, the top-seeded Toronto Raptors will host the Washington Wizards in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
"I wouldn't want to play these guys in the first round with them having home-court", Carlisle said.
"I think everybody knows me, and everybody knows that I love playing".
"I just got to take it day-by-day", Embiid told reporters.
Embiid is recovering from surgery to fix a fractured orbital that was suffered in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. "That part (where the fracture occurred) is all numb".
J J Redick led the scoring with 28 points while Ersan Ilyasova weighed in with 26 off the bench as the Sixers moved to within one win of locking up third spot.
The only sour note for the Sixers was an injury to power forward Dario Saric, who left the game in the opening seconds nursing a cut lip and a chipped tooth after a collision with John Collins. "I give them a lot of credit". It's Minnesota's first berth since 2004, and ended what was the NBA's longest playoff drought (which now is bequeathed to the Sacramento Kings, who last played a playoff game in 2006).
Now the season is done and so is the playoff streak and I could not be more ready for the season to end. Unlikely [that I'll be back for Game 1], but there's still a chance. Robert Covington adds 12.8 points per night, Joel Embiid contributes a team leading 22.9 points plus 11 rebounds and 1.76 blocks per contest while JJ Redick chips in 17 points a game. Sixers teammate Justin Anderson joked the mask made Embiid look like the Batman villain, Bane.
76ers: The NBA rule says players must wear a clear mask but Embiid and the Sixers could petition the league for a change.
As the playoffs get revved up on Saturday, most of Sixer nation and fans of the National Basketball Association will be keeping a close eye on Embiid and his welfare moving forward.
"We all are greedy", said Brown, the coach who was there for the bad times and now is getting to savor what has become one of the NBA's most compelling stories.
Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points and set an National Basketball Association rookie record for 3-pointers, Derrick Favors added 16 points and nine rebounds, and Utah cruised to a victory over Golden State in Salt Lake City.
"I feel like I should be Defensive Player of the Year", he said. "Hopefully, it gets approved and I get to play in it". Stay tuned to FanSided's National Basketball Association division for more news, analysis, and updates as the playoffs start, April 14. I believe IN would be a better match up for the 76ers than Milwaukee or Miami without Embiid.