With Embiid’s status in doubt, Sixers tip off series vs Hawks

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FILE – Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts after scoring against the Washington Wizards during Game Three of the Eastern Conference first round series at Capital One Arena on May 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

The Philadelphia 76ers haven’t celebrated a championship since 1983.

This season looked to be their best chance at a parade since 2001 when they lost in five games in the NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers.

When Most Valuable Player finalist Joel Embiid suffered a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee in Game 4 of the first round against the Washington Wizards, the Sixers’ championship aspirations were damaged.

The top-seeded Sixers dispatched the Wizards in five games and will now open the Eastern Conference semifinals at home Sunday afternoon against the fifth-seeded…

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