One of the key MVP candidates, Joel Embiid suffered a knee injury during Philadelphia 76ers’ game against Washington Wizards. The player left the game following the injury and will be taken for an MRI to reveal the severity of the injury.
Embiid suffered the injury in the third quarter of the contest after attempting a dunk, he landed on his left foot. The landing resulted in his knee being hyper extended.
His landing was thrown off after a collision with Wizards’ guard Garrison Matthews. As a result, instead of a regular landing, he was forced to land on one foot, which had to bear the entire body weight.
He stayed down following the landing and winced with pain. Following the arrival of the medical team, Embiid departed the court with them. While he was able to walk off on his own, he was visibly limping on the way.
The franchise later provided an update stating that the star won’t return for the game in the fourth quarter.
Doc Rivers promises an update on Embiid tomorrow
Philadelphia 76ers head coach, Doc Rivers stated that he does not aim to speculate on the nature of the injury and wishes to wait for the results of the scans.
“I’m not going to speculate. Tomorrow we’ll have all of the information with you. Hope for the best.” Rivers said following the 76ers’ 127-101 win against Washington Wizards.
Joel Embiid has been integral in the 76ers’ dominance in the Eastern Conference. However, his injury casts doubt on their top spot on the table and their season as a whole. Brooklyn Nets are not far away from the first seed in the table.
Embiid was averaging a career-high 30.2 points per game on 52.1 percent shooting (41.6 percent from deep) with 11.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.
The player was also chosen to be a starter at the recently concluded All-Star game, but he was left out after coming in contact with a COVID positive case.