By Dylan MacKinnon
For the second straight game, Joel Embiid is listed as questionable with back soreness. So we may not know until just before the game if Embiid will take the court when the Sixers face the Mavs tonight.
Joel Embiid is questionable for tonight's game against the Dallas Mavericks with back soreness, according to this morning's injury report.— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) March 18, 2022
He was also listed as questionable on Wednesday night vs the Cavaliers. Embiid ended up playing and scored 35 points, so the back soreness did not seem to bother him too much that night.
We may have to get used to Sixers plays status being unclear ahead of the game. Doc Rivers has stated his intention to get his players rest before the playoffs. Since he is not going to say ahead of time when that will be, we will go into every game wondering if tonight is the night they sit.
The Sixes have a back to back coming up. They play the Raptors Sunday night, and the Heat Monday night. If he was going to sit them just for rest it would presumably make more sense to do so in one of those games. Its one of three back to backs they have left on the schedule. But if the back issue is legit with Embiid, the rest could also come tonight vs a Western Conference team.
On the Mavericks end, Theo Pinson (Finger) and Reggie Bullock (Personal) are listed as out. Marquese Chriss (Knee) is Questionable to play tonight.
Our coverage of the game starts at 6pm with Draft Lines, hosted by Devon Givens and Jamie Lynch. Then Devon Givens sticks around for the Pre-Game Show at 6:50. It is Tom McGinnis on the call when the game tips at 7. And make sure to stay tuned after the game when Devon Givens goes In the Post.