Joel Embiid exits with knee injury in closing minutes of 76ers’ loss

It was a tough night for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Joel Embiid injured his left knee in the final minutes of the 76ers’ 119-107 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night in San Francisco.

Embiid had just 14 points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes before suffering the injury with just over four minutes remaining.

The 29-year-old center was stripped by Jonathan Kuminga while running back Draymond Green. Both players dove for the loose ball, with Kuminga landing just below Embiid’s left center knee.

Embiid, the defensive NBA MVP, immediately went to his knees and was in visible pain.

He was able to get off the court on his own, but did not return.

“He obviously went down unreasonably, so we’re going to do an MRI tonight or tomorrow,” Philadelphia coach Nick Nurse said after the game.

The nurse also stated that this injury was unrelated to what had sustained him recently.

Despite Nurse’s claims, Embiid had recently been battling issues with his left knee prior to this collision.

In the first half, he made 1 of 7 shots in 10 minutes of the first quarter before slowly walking to the locker room with his knee wrapped.

Joel Embiid re-injures his left knee late in the 76ers’ fourth quarter and writhes in pain.
They lost to the Warriors 119-107. @BleacherReport/X

The 76ers star also did not play in Saturday’s highly anticipated showdown between Nikola Jokic and the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets.

After Embiid went through his routine pregame warmups, Nurse said the team’s medical staff “just didn’t like what they saw” and it would be safer to keep Embiid out of Saturday’s game. He said he determined that.

During that game, Embiid was seen wearing a large wrap around his left knee.

He also missed the 76ers’ next game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.

Adding insult to injury to Embiid, the 76ers (29-17) are ranked third in the NBA Eastern Conference behind the highly anticipated New York Knicks (31-17) and Cleveland Cavaliers. It was a fall to the top. (28-16), currently in 4th place.

Stephen Curry scored 37 points on eight 3-pointers and Kuminga added 26 points to lead the Warriors (20-24).