Joel Embiid injury update: 76ers star’s status uncertain for game vs. Rockets

Joel Embiid’s status for the 76ers’ matchup with the Rockets on Friday has yet to be determined, coach Brett Brown told reporters.

The 24-year-old star has been dealing with soreness in his left knee and will miss his seventh straight game when the 76ers face the Bulls on Wednesday. Brown said earlier this week there was a chance Embiid could meet the team in Houston.

“It’s all about long-term preservation and making sure I’m ready not just for the playoffs, but also for the next 15 years,” Embiid said last weekend, via ESPN.

Brown said the star didn’t “feel like he was ready to go” after returning to practice Monday.

“He really does feel restricted with some of his movements,” Brown said at the time. “There’s a little bit of soreness I think still. You could see in this practice environment that he hasn’t played for a while.”

Embiid is averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds this season. He’s shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from 3-point range.

The 76ers will enter their matchup against the Bulls in fourth place of the Eastern Conference with a 41-23 record. They’ve won five of their last seven games.