The damage occurred with 4:04 left within the sport 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 bottom to retrieve the ball, and Kuminga subsequently fell on high of his knee.
Embiid grabbed the knee and was in seen ache. He in the end obtained up and limped to the locker room and didn’t return to the sport.
Embiid had missed the Sixers’ earlier two video games due to knee soreness in that very same knee. He was listed as questionable heading into Tuesday’s sport, together with his ultimate standing determined after he warmed up.
“Medical cleared him, and Joel is a giant half in that. He mentioned he was feeling good,” 76ers coach Nick Nurse mentioned.
Nurse mentioned Tuesday’s damage is “form of unrelated to what’s been bothering” Embiid, including, “We simply have to attend.”
Although Embiid mentioned he felt effectively sufficient to play Tuesday evening, he did not seem like taking part in at 100%. All through the sport, there was little to no elevate for Embiid when he defended the basket, making him far much less of a rim protector. Throughout one play, Embiid supplied a late problem on the basket, however his legs buckled beneath him with no contact and he fell to the ground.
On offense, Embiid did not assault the ring a lot, settling for 3-point and midrange photographs. When he did attempt to work his strategy to the ring, he did not look as explosive, however as a substitute tried to slowly and methodically again his defender down.
“He mentioned he is extra rusty — he hadn’t been on the courtroom in 5 days, however he mentioned he felt good,” Nurse mentioned. “He felt like he wasn’t fairly taking part in like his regular self, however he felt like that was extra rust and rhythm than it was the rest.”
Embiid completed with 14 factors on 5-of-18 capturing to go together with seven rebounds, two assists and a team-low minus-21 web score.
Embiid missed three video games earlier in January as a result of left knee swelling. ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne reported that the damage is one thing Embiid and Philadelphia should handle for the rest of the season.
Embiid can miss solely 5 extra video games earlier than turning into ineligible for postseason awards, together with All-NBA crew honors and MVP, due to the league’s new rule requiring a 65-game minimal.
After Tuesday’s loss, Nurse was requested if that rule influenced the choice to let Embiid play.
“I am unable to converse to that, however we’re going to proceed to do the entire issues which are crucial, that they have been doing the entire time he is been taking part in right here,” Nurse mentioned. “He has these checks, he will get to those factors, medicals are good, they test him once more, he says he is good, he even mentioned he felt good within the sport tonight. We hold relaying to that.”
The 76ers have at some point off earlier than taking part in the Utah Jazz on Feb. 1 in Salt Lake Metropolis.