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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is taking drastic measures to ensure he's healthy enough to play against the Toronto Raptors in the 201
Embiid customs ESPN's Jackie MacMullan he was going through six separate treatment sessions daily on his left knee. The two-time All-Star added he sets his alarm for 5 a.m. ET to begin the regimen.
Normally, sleep helps me a lot, "he said. "B out right now sleep is secondary. I've got to take care of my body. I'll sleep later."
In addition to the knee treatment, 76ers coach Brett Brown revealed
Embedded Philadelphia's Game 3 win over the Brooklyn Nets in the first round. In his four appearances during the series, he averaged 24.3 minutes per game in the series, a noticeable drop from his usage in the regular season (33.4 minutes).
Prior to the start of the second round, Embiid indicated he wanted to see the floor a little more.
" But, we did a good job managing it," he told reporters. "
He played 30 minutes in his team 108-95 Game 1 defeat to Toronto.
No player is more important to the Sixers than Embiid. Philadelphia had an 8.0 net rating with him on the court during the regular season, per NBA.com. The team's net rating falls to minus 3.3 when it was on the bench.
Philadelphia has a serious shot at winning the Eastern Conference for the first time since 2001 At the same time, the team should extend beyond 2019. Embiid and the Sixers coaching staff have to balance their quest for a final appearance against their long-term future.
Embiid is only in the first year of his five-year, $ 147.7 million extension. Although general manager Elton Brand accelerated the franchise's timeline by acquiring Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris,
Pushing Embiid isn't worth it if the effects linger long beyond this postseason.