Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid limps to the locker room clutching his left knee after on-court tangle left him screaming in agony against the Golden State Warriors
Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid was dealt another worrisome injury blow on Tuesday night after getting tangled up with Golden State Warriors rival Jonathan Kuminga.
Embiid played 30 minutes of the contest when he returned from another injury and scored 14 points, as he and teammate Danuel House Jr. tried to secure a loose ball in the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for the centre, however, the incident saw Kuminga land on Embiid’s left knee, leaving him screaming in pain on the court.
While the commentators speculated whether he had ‘hyper-stretched’ his knee, the Cameroonian received treatment on the pitch before heading back to the dressing room.
One slight positive for 76ers fans was that Embiid was able to walk down the tunnel under his own steam, but this is just the latest injury blow in a difficult season.
Joel Embiid overcomes pain during his comeback game against the Golden State Warriors
Embiid has already missed 12 games for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2023-24 season
Embiid limped back to the locker room, but was on his own when he left the court
Embiid, 29, has already missed 12 games this season, and if he has to sit out five more, he will be ineligible for postseason NBA awards.
It was a knee injury that forced him to sit out the Sixers’ final two games, both of which ended in losses to the Trail Blazers and Nuggets.
He was a late scratch from the latter Saturday night, prompting the league to investigate the circumstances of the injury, according to ESPN.
He was not listed on any pre-match injury reports, but a source claimed he was taken out of the squad by medical staff because he could ‘barely jump’ during warm-ups.
The Sixers are 29-17 after Tuesday night’s 119-107 loss to the Warriors, and they sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, 6.5 games behind the leading Boston Celtics.