Philadelphia 76ers superstar center Joel Embiid will undergo an MRI after hyperextending his left knee in Friday’s 127-101 win over the Washington Wizards, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Embiid was in the midst of the last dominant performance of his MVP-caliber season, scoring 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting for 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in 20 minutes, when he caught a pass from Tobias. Harris and flew in for a dunk to give Philadelphia an 80-60 lead with 6 minutes and 20 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
But when Embiid fell to the ground after the dunk, the full weight of his body landed on his left leg, causing him to hyperextend, sending him tumbling to the ground and causing him to writhe in a ton of pain.
After staying on the ground for a few minutes, Embiid finally got to his feet and walked away on his own, albeit with a rather pronounced limp, as he headed straight back to the visitor locker room inside Washington’s Capital One Arena.
Embiid is expected to undergo the MRI once the team travels back to Philadelphia, the sources said.
Embiid had an equally terrifying situation last month when he hyperextended his right knee in an awkward knockdown against the Portland Trail Blazers after blocking a layup from Enes Kanter. In that game, Embiid came back a few minutes later and dominated, scoring 31 points in the first half in a matchup that Philadelphia eventually lost.
Philadelphia got Embiid back on Friday night after he and Ben Simmons missed Thursday’s win in Chicago over the Bulls, as well as Sunday’s All-Star Game in Atlanta, due to contact tracing from a hairdresser who both stars visited before heading to Atlanta.
Simmons remained out on Friday, but was expected to return, assuming he does not test positive for COVID-19 by then, for Sunday’s game in Philadelphia against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Sixers stayed on top of the Eastern Conference with Friday’s victory, leading a full game ahead of the second-place Brooklyn Nets.