NBA Daily Injury Report (April 23): Issuance of ‘injury advisory’, key variable to shake PO 1st round!

 It is news that Joel Embiid스포츠토토 (29, 213cm) and Kawhi Leonard (32, 201cm) will miss the game on the 23rd (Korean time).

First of all, in the case of Embiid, he participated in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd matches that were held earlier. However, during the third quarter of Game 3, he complained of discomfort in his right knee and returned to Philadelphia for an MRI scan after the game. Although specific test results have not been revealed, it is known that Embiid can return as early as next week. Whether or not to participate in the 5th game is unclear.

Embiid had huge icing on his knee after the game ended in Game 3, but he reassured the fans by saying, “I’m fine.” Philadelphia has only one win left to advance to the second round with three wins in the series. With Embiid, who accounts for the largest portion of the team’s power, missing, the best scenario for Philadelphia is to end the game in the 4th game. In this situation, the role of attack 2 and 3 option resources such as James Harden (33, 196 cm) and Tyrese Maxi (22, 188 cm) became more important. For reference, in the regular season this season, when Embiid was absent, Philadelphia recorded a record of 11 wins and 5 losses, which was not bad.

Along with this, Leonard, who missed Game 3 due to a knee injury, confirmed to miss Game 4 as well. At the same time, in the U.S., there is a high possibility that Leonard will be out of the series. Leonard recorded an average of 34.5 points (FG 54.5%), 6.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals in the PO 1 and 2 games. However, another evil spirit of injury came to Leonard, catching his ankle at a critical moment and causing enormous damage to his team, the Clippers. First of all, Turan Lou Clippers coach is planning to fill Leonard’s void somehow, saying, “I was preparing a plan B in case Leonard leaves.”

As Leonard missed the 4th game, Norman Powell (29, 190cm) will replace Leonard as the starting pitcher like in the 3rd game. Although he lost, Powell, who was fortunately named in the starting lineup in place of Leonard, bombed 42 points in the third game, while Russell Westbrook (34, 190cm) also scored 30 points and minimized the gap. The Clippers now face an elimination crisis if they lose just one more game. As in Game 3, it is the point where the rest of the scorers, such as Powell and Westbrook, need more activity.

Fortunately, Ja Morant (23, 190cm), guard of the Memphis Grizzlies, who missed the second game due to an injury to his right hand while an injury advisory was issued in the first round of the PO, is improving as the days pass. Morant did non-contact drills and personal training on his court. He has also been upgraded from doubtful to questionable in the NBA’s official injury report. The Memphis team will watch the warm-up before the third game against the Lakers and decide whether Morant will participate in the game. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo (28, 213cm), who missed the second game due to a back bruise, also does not participate in team training, but is only conducting individual training. [Injury update as of April 22, 11:30 PM Korea time]

#Philadelphia 76ers (3-0) vs Brooklyn Nets (0-3) – 2:00 a.m., Barclays Center

▶Philadelphia 76ers

Joel Embiid – right knee sprain (Out)
Daniel House Jr. – Illness (Questionable)

Brooklyn Nets
Ben Simmons – Lumbar Nerve Impingement Syndrome (Season Out)

#Phoenix Suns (2-1) vs LA Clippers (1-2) – 4:30 a.m., Krypto Dotcom Arena

▶Phoenix Suns

Cameron Payne – Back Pain (Questionable)

▶LA Clippers
Paul George – Right Knee Sprain (Out)
Kawhi Leonard – Right Knee Sprain (Out)

#Milwaukee Bucks (1-1) vs Miami Heat (1-1) – 8:30 a.m., Center Kaseya

▶Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo – Back Contusion (Questionable)
Wesley Matthews – right calf sprain (out)

Miami Heat
Tyler Hiro – right hand fracture (out indefinitely)
Nikola Jovic – back cramp (out)
Kyle Lowry – left knee pain (questionable)

#Memphis Grizzlies (1-1) vs LA Lakers (1-1) – 11 a.m., Arena Memphis


Steven Adams – right knee posterior cruciate ligament sprain (out for the season)
Brandon Clark – left Achilles tendon injury (out for the season)
Jake Larabia – right calf soreness (out)
Ja Morant – Right hand pain (Questionable)

▶LA Lakers
Anthony Davis – Right foot fatigue (Probable)
LeBron James – Right foot pain (Probable)
D’Angelo Russell – Left foot pain

(Probable) ), and Doubtful (doubtful, likely to compete↓), we inform you that the participation may change depending on the situation right before the start of the game.

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