The Sixers tremble

Joel Embiid had to retire in the third quarter of the game in Washington due to a problem caused after making a dunk. Tests will be done.


Tight calm in Philadelphia. Joel Embiid (26 years and 2.13 m.) Did not finish the game against Washington Wizards (victory for the Sixers) due to a hyperextension of the left knee. The pivot was injured in the middle of the third quarter (at 6:50 specifically): after making a dunk, he fell hard and all his weight was on his left leg, causing his knee to go backwards. He lay on the ground with gestures of pain for a few minutes before walking out on his own foot (but with a distinct limp) from the court. The Cameroonian will undergo different medical tests. The severity of the injury and the length of time he will have to be away from the slopes is unknown.

Injury comes at the worst time for the Sixers and Embiid (though, when is it good to get injured). Philadelphia is currently the leader in the East with a 26-12 record. He has a triumph of advantage over Brooklyn Nets, the great bogeyman of the Conference, thanks to a full Embiid: he averaged 30.2 points and 11.6 rebounds before the All Star Game, which was played last Sunday in Atlanta, and in the return to the competition (and before retiring) added 23 points and 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. He is one of the clear candidates to win the MVP of an NBA that he loves again at 7 feet.

Joel Embiid's injury

This is not Embiid's first scare this season. In February, he had a bad fall against the Portland Trail Blazers after blocking a layup from Enes Kanter that raised concerns about his right knee. On that occasion, everything was in a scare and minutes later returned to a game that dominated with 31 points in the first half ... although the Sixers fell.

“He's in a good mood,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said after the win against the Wizards who were already trailing 17 points at the end of the first quarter (15-32). They ended up succumbing by 26 (101-127) despite 27 goals from Russell Westbrook and 19 from Bradley Beal. The 18 points off the bench from both Milton and Korkmaz helped the visitors win a game where Ben Simmons was absent due to COVID. The point guard has already been left out of the All-Star Party due to the positive of his personal hairdresser. His return is expected this Monday against the San Antonio Spurs ... as long as his test is negative.

This problem, coronavirus and hairdresser, also affected Embiid: he could not start in Team Durant in the fourth All Star of his career. Although the African's problems with injuries and illness have been a constant since he was chosen in the 2014 draft at No. 3. A stress fracture in his foot prevented him from being No. 1 and left him blank for his first two seasons. in the North American League. He also skipped his last stretch of college at Kansas with back problems. In his debut course, that of 2016-17, he played with restricted minutes, between 24-25, and did not play back to backs (two games on two consecutive nights). Last season he had to undergo surgery for a tear in the collateral ligament of the fourth metacarpine. The result, 9 matches away between January 9 and 25, 2020.

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