Embiid could miss playoff opener...Celtics shelve Smart...Barrett leaving Blue Devils
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid’s (joh-EHL ehm-BEEDZ’) achy left knee may prevent the All-Star from playing in the Philadelphia 76ers’ playoff opener. General manager Elton Brand says that Embiid was expected to play in the postseason, but added it was “possible” the 7-foot center wouldn’t be ready for the first game. Embiid sat out Wednesday’s regular season finale against Chicago, his fifth absence in seven games to close out the season.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics say guard Marcus Smart will be sidelined 4 to 6 weeks after being diagnosed with a partial tear to his left oblique abdominal muscle. The injury was revealed in an MRI scan on Wednesday. Smart sustained the injury during the third quarter of Boston’s home loss to Orlando on Sunday.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — RJ Barrett is leaving Duke after one season to enter the NBA draft, saying that playing at Duke is a dream and adding that “it’s also a dream of mine to play in the NBA and have great success there.” The AP All-American averaged an ACC-best 22.6 points along with 7.6 rebounds while forming half of perhaps the nation’s most potent one-two punch along with classmate Zion Williamson. Barrett is widely projected as a lottery pick.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs lefty Jon Lester has been placed on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left hamstring suffered in Monday’s game against Pittsburgh. The five-time All-Star will miss at least one start after opening the season 1-0 with a 2.57 in three games for the Cubs. Right-hander Tyler Chatwood will start in Lester’s place on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals three-time All-Star infielder Matt Carpenter agreed to a contract that adds $37 million in guaranteed money for 2020 and ’21, a deal that includes an option for 2022. has a .273 batting average with 134 home runs and a .376 on base percentage in 1,031 games since debuting in 2011 with the Cardinals.