Joel Embiid OUT for the Remainder of Game Four

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 21: Philadelphia Sixers center Joel Embiid (21) and Kansas Alum looks on during the game between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Villanova Wildcats on December 21, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia 76ers have announced that Joel Embiid will not return for the rest of game four against the Washington Wizards.

Joel Embiid took a bad fall and landing awkwardly after a shot contest by Robin Lopez. The Sixers’ star limped to the locker room and was missing for over thirty minutes. Embiid’s status was uncertain until the team announced via Twitter.

Embiid, of course, missed a large amount of time due to a knee injury earlier in the season. Thankfully that was his LEFT knee, and this is his RIGHT knee. Neither is particularly great, but it’s certainly preferred that he protects that knee above all else.

Joel Embiid has been incredibly dominant over this entire series, so to be missing him is obviously a major blow. Embiid has averaged over 29 points while shooting splits of 67.4/54.5/86.9 and has been the anchor defensively.

There is no word yet on if Joel Embiid will miss any future games, but there’s no reason to think that he will, at least not yet. The Sixers will have to prepare for any eventuality and be ready to fight to continue this playoff push. Hopefully, he’s able to come back in the next game and continue to dominate as he has been.