Is 76ers’ Joel Embiid playing in 2023 NBA All-Star Game? Latest news, updates on foot injury

Could the 2023 NBA All-Star Game be missing an MVP candidate when players take the floor on Sunday?

Ahead of the league’s annual event, 76ers center Joel Embiid revealed that he has been dealing with a foot injury for an extended stretch.

Embiid was elevated from an All-Star reserve to a starter after Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Zion Williamson were ruled out because of their own medical issues, but now it’s unclear if he will be available to play.

Here’s everything we know about Embiid’s status ahead of All-Star Weekend.

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Is Joel Embiid playing in 2023 All-Star Game?

After the Sixers’ 118-112 win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday night, Embiid told reporters that he wasn’t sure whether he would be able to suit up for the All-Star Game, saying that he hasn’t been healthy “for the past three weeks or month.”

“I was just trying to get to the All-Star break without missing games and stuff,” Embiid said (via ESPN’s Tim Bontemps). “But I feel like I’ve reached the point where I need to follow the doctor’s advice. … Back then he said I should have been sitting for two weeks, so we’ll see how the next few days go, and go from there.”

Embiid has consistently been listed as questionable on Philadelphia’s official injury report with left foot soreness before being cleared to play.

That injury hasn’t slowed him down, though. He is averaging 33.1 points per game, the second-highest mark in the NBA behind only Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (33.3).

2023 NBA All-Star Game date, time, live streams

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 19
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. ET | 5:30 p.m. PT

The 2023 NBA All-Star Game will tip off around 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 19. The game will be played at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.

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NBA All-Star schedule 2023

NBA All-Star Weekend kicks off on Friday with the All-Star Celebrity Game and Rising Stars Challenge. The skills competitions will be held on Saturday, and the All-Star Game will take place on Sunday.

Events are televised on ESPN, TNT and NBA TV, all of which are available without cable on Sling TV.

Friday, Feb. 17

Event Time (ET) TV channel
Rising Stars practice 2:30 p.m. NBA TV
Hall of Fame news conference 5:30 p.m. NBA TV
Celebrity Game 7 p.m. ESPN
Rising Stars 9 p.m. TNT

Saturday, Feb. 18

Event Time (ET) TV channel
All-Star practice 1 p.m. NBA TV
HBCU Classic 4 p.m. NBA TV/TNT/ESPN2
Adam Silver news conference 7 p.m. NBA TV
All-Star Saturday Night (Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest, Slam Dunk Contest) 8 p.m. TNT

Sunday, Feb. 19

Event Time (ET) TV channel
Legends Awards 1 p.m. NBA TV
G League Next Up Game 3 p.m. NBA TV
All-Star Draft 7:30 p.m. TNT
All-Star Game 8:30 p.m. TNT

2023 All-Stars: Updated list of starters, reserves

All-Star captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will draft their teams from the eligible pool of players (starters in first round, reserves in second round). 

They are not required to draft based on conference affiliation or position.

Starting pool

Player Team
Luka Doncic Mavericks
Joel Embiid 76ers
Kyrie Irving Mavericks
Nikola Jokic Nuggets
Lauri Markkanen Jazz
Donovan Mitchell Cavaliers
Ja Morant Grizzlies
Jayson Tatum Celtics

Reserve pool

Player Team
Bam Adebayo Heat
Jaylen Brown Celtics
DeMar DeRozan Bulls
Anthony Edwards* Timberwolves
De’Aaron Fox* Kings
Paul George Clippers
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Thunder
Tyrese Haliburton Pacers
Jrue Holiday Bucks
Jaren Jackson Jr. Grizzlies
Damian Lillard Trail Blazers
Julius Randle Knicks
Domantas Sabonis Kings
Pascal Siakam* Raptors

* Injury replacements for Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Zion Williamson


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