76ers rest starters ahead of playoffs but still cruise past Bulls


Embiid has a lengthy injury history, so the Sixers were being cautious to end the regular season, but now it appears that it could be a possibility that Embiid will miss the playoff opener.

"I have no idea", Embiid told reporters when asked if he would be able to play against Brooklyn when the series begins Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Brand first said he's "optimistic" Embiid would be ready to play in the postseason opener before admitting that the All-Star center's availability is not yet a certainty. Embiid sat out Wednesday's regular-season finale against Chicago, his fifth absence in seven games to close out the season.

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The Sixers All-Star big man put together averages of 27.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks while shooting 48.4 percent from the field in 64 games this season.

"Star players win in the playoffs and that's what we're built for", Brand said before Wednesday's game. This is the playoffs, I expect him to play.

After being eliminated in the second round last season, the general manager would consider anything short of advancing past the second round this year as an unsuccessful season.

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Philadelphia: Brown said the 76ers will go "8 ½"players deep in the playoffs". Brand, however, said "it's possible" he won't play.

After splitting the series (2-2) during the regular season, all eyes will be on the Sixers to see if they have what it takes to take down the inexperienced Nets in the playoffs with a much better team compared to previous year.

Meantime, Bulls coach Jim Boylen is looking forward to a full training camp. The Bulls were without Denzel Valentine, Wendell Carter Jr., Chandler Hutchison, Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter Jr. and Kris Dunn.

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