Sixers’ Joel Embiid to undergo MRI after injuring left knee

Written by on January 31, 2024

(ESPN) –  Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid will undergo an MRI on his left knee after injuring it in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s 119-107 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

The injury occurred with 4:04 left in the game as Embiid was being double-teamed by the Warriors’ Jonathan Kuminga and Draymond Green. After Kuminga poked the ball away from him, Embiid fell to the ground to retrieve it, and Kuminga subsequently fell on top of his knee.

Embiid grabbed the knee and was in visible pain. He ultimately got up and limped to the locker room and did not return to the game.

Embiid had missed the Sixers’ previous two games because of knee soreness in that same knee. He was listed as questionable heading into Tuesday’s contest, with his final status decided after he warmed up.

“Medical cleared him, and Joel is a big part in that. He said he was feeling good,” Sixers coach Nick Nurse said.

Nurse explained that Tuesday’s injury is “kind of unrelated to what’s been bothering” Embiid, adding, “We just have to wait.”

Even though Embiid said he felt well enough to compete against the Warriors, he didn’t appear to be playing at 100 percent. Throughout the game, there was little to no lift for Embiid when he defended the basket, making him far less of a rim protector. During one play, Embiid offered a late challenge at the basket, but his legs buckled beneath him with no contact, and he fell to the floor.

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