Embiid limped into the locker room in the first half, but was ruled out at halftime. It is not yet clear if the large man will be available to play in Game 5 on Wednesday.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN, joel embiid injury, Philadelphia 76ers’ star, will start Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
Philadelphia had a lot of fears when Embiid suffered a lateral meniscus tear in the right knee during the first round against Washington Wizards. Embiid’s condition became more serious as the Sixers won the series in five games.
He will be back after only missing one game. However, the injury could limit his ability to continue.
Despite missing 21 games in the regular season, the 27-year old is a MVP finalist. This speaks to his ability to play on the court and how good he was. He averaged 28.5 point, 10.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks. He shot 51.3 percent from the floor, and 37.7 from beyond the arc.
The Sixers seemed to be on the verge of winning a championship, especially since Sam Hinkie ripped down the roster to lay a foundation.
The injury to Embiid could have a negative impact on those title hopes. It could also mean Philadelphia has a second consecutive postseason without its top player after Ben Simmons was out for a sweep at the hands the Boston Celtics in 2020.
Instead, the center’s return could give the 76ers an important boost going into the key series.
Through his entire career, injuries have been a problem to the Kansas alum. In each of his five previous seasons, he has missed at most 18 games.
Because of his importance to the Sixers they will likely be cautious with Embiid’s injury at this stage in the series with a strong lead over Washington.