Joel Embiid, a top player for the Philadelphia 76ers, had a lateral meniscus damage in his left knee when Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga caused him to fall on his leg during the game on Tuesday night, according to an announcement made by the Sixers on Thursday.
In the meantime, Embiid will be out for the remainder of the weekend as medical professionals continue to investigate various treatment options for the ailment.
According to sources who spoke with Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, there is still a lack of clarity around how Embiid and the 76ers will proceed with a treatment plan for the injury. The possibilities will be explored over the course of the next few days.
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Embiid sat out both Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets and Monday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers due to the same ailment.
This comes after he missed three games due to left knee discomfort in the previous month. The following night, on Tuesday, he made his return against Golden State, although it appeared that he was having difficulty with his knee throughout the game.
While Embiid is now the reigning Most Valuable Player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), he also leads the league in scoring with an average of 35.3 points per game, 11.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists.
He scored seventy points against the San Antonio Spurs the previous week, and he presently has more points scored than minutes played this season. This is something that only Wilt Chamberlain has accomplished over the course of a full season.
He has already been ruled out for the game that will take place in Utah on Thursday night. This will be the thirteenth game that Embiid has missed playing in.
As part of the new player participation rules that was established this season, a player is only allowed to miss a maximum of 17 games in order to be eligible for the major prizes that are awarded by the league, such as Most Valuable Player and Honorable Mention of the NBA.
Following the announcement that Embiid will be starting for the All-Star game the previous week, it is likely that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will now replace him prior to the game that will take place in Indianapolis later this month.