Joel Embiid Out for at Least Two Games With Injury

Joel Embiid with the 76ers in 2018
Joel Embiid with the 76ers in 2018. Photo by Rob Sambles/Frozen in Motion/REX/Shutterstock (9306399az)

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid will be sidelined for at least two games due to a foot injury, the team confirmed on Monday.

Embiid suffered the injury during the 76ers’ 112-109 loss to the Timberwolves on Saturday when teammate Georges Niang fell on top of him during the fourth quarter, colliding into Embiid’s leg and causing him to collapse in pain.

Although Embiid continued the game, he spent a long time on the ground in pain before managing to rise to his feet. So much so, that 76ers coach Doc Rivers walked across the court to see how Embiid was doing.

“Honestly, whenever a big guy goes, my eyes go to his knees first,” Rivers stated. “When I saw him grabbing his foot, I was already a little relieved, because I thought maybe his ankle. But you just don’t know. Everybody is going down right now around here, so if somebody goes down, you get really scared.”

In addition to Embiid, the 76ers are still without James Harden, who is still recovering from a foot injury that has kept him sidelined throughout November. The 76ers injury list seems to be continually growing, with Tyrese Maxey also out with a left foot sprain that he suffered during Friday’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks.