The Philadelphia 76ers confirmed Wednesday that star centre Joel Embiid has a lateral meniscus rupture in his right knee and will miss Wednesday night’s Game 5 against the Washington Wizards.
“An MRI, which was reviewed by several orthopedic specialists, revealed that Joel Embiid has a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee,” the team said in a statement. “The injury will be managed with a physical therapy and treatment program. Embiid is out for [Wednesday’s] game vs. Washington and considered day-to-day.”
Embiid suffered the knee injury following a hard fall in Game 4 of the 76ers’ 122-114 defeat to the Wizards on Monday night.
Embiid, 27, slumped to the floor after colliding with Wizards centre Robin Lopez near the hoop. Lopez made a clean block on Embiid’s shot attempt, but the All-NBA centre lost his balance on the way down and fell awkwardly to the floor.
Embiid groaned in discomfort, but after a timeout, he returned to the game and finished the first quarter. He walked to the locker room with a slight limp after checking out of the game in the last seconds of the opening period and never returned.
On Tuesday, the 76ers listed Embiid as doubtful for Game 5 against the Wizards because of the knee injury. According to ESPN, the management of potential swelling and pain in the knee will play a major part in how soon Embiid is able to return to the court.
“I have no expectation other than I hope for him to be back,” 76ers head coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday. “I can’t give you a timeline. I can just tell you he’s willing to go through whatever it takes to get back on the floor. He’s a warrior.
“And if there’s a way for him to get back on the floor, he will find his way.”
The 2021 NBA MVP finalist entered Monday’s game averaging 30 points on 67% shooting in the first-round playoff series.
The Sixers hold a 3-1 lead over the Wizards in the best-of-seven series.