Sixers center Joel Embiid said that his rehabilitation from a broken orbital bone and concussion has been going well, and “we got a pretty good chance for Game 2 or Game 3.”
Embiid told ESPN prior to Saturday night’s playoff opener against the Miami Heat that he still has to prove that he can withstand contact before he will be cleared to return, but he has been ramping up his on-court work in recent days and has been able to do everything that has been thrown at him thus far.
Source: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN
Sources: Trail Blazers Guarantee Carmelo Anthony Contract for Rest of Season
The Portland Trail Blazers will amend Carmelo Anthony’s contract so that it becomes fully guaranteed for the remainder of the season, league sources told ESPN.
Portland had until early January to fully guarantee the deal for the season. Anthony, 35, had signed a non-guaranteed contract last month.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Sources: Kyrie Irving Could Miss a ‘few more’ Weeks with Shoulder Injury
The Nets have been about as transparent as a brick wall when it comes to Kyrie Irving’s shoulder injury. But the star’s absence is approaching three weeks, and multiple sources told The Post he could need a few more — if he’s lucky.
Irving missed his 10th straight game Wednesday with what the Nets termed a shoulder impingement. He also has already been ruled out for Friday night’s game in Charlotte.
Two specialists told The Post that Irving is likely to be out a few more weeks. One medical source not affiliated with the team intimated there’s more under the surface and that this injury could be even more long term.
Source: Brian Lewis of the New York Post
Sources: Knicks Not Any Closer to Firing David Fizdale
If David Fizdale is going to be made the scapegoat by Knicks president Steve Mills for his hodgepodge roster, it’s going to take a little while longer.
According to an NBA source, Monday’s 44-point blowout loss in Milwaukee did not put the Knicks coach in any immediate danger, as bad as the optics were. Fizdale, though, must still show a modicum of progress as the winter deepens.
The Knicks host Denver on Thursday and Indiana on Saturday before a grueling four-game western trip that begins with Carmelo Anthony’s Blazers in Portland.
Source: Marc Berman of the New York Post