Joel Embiid set to miss second straight game for 76ers due to ankle injury

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Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, right, reacts after an injury during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Friday, Dec. 22, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Bad news everyone as Joel Embiid will reportedly miss Wednesday night’s game against the Orlando Magic.

After missing the team’s game on Christmas Day against the Miami Heat, the Philadelphia 76ers‘ superstar center is once again listed as OUT ahead of their matchup in Orlando.

Embiid, who was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week Tuesday night, is in the midst of a historic season. He has shockingly seen significant improvement in many areas of his game over what he was able to accomplish last season.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid argues with an official during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Currently leading the league in scoring, averaging 35.0 points per game, Joel Embiid has been simply dominant this season. That is, until an untimely rolled ankle Friday night against the Toronto Raptors led to this disruption in his season.

Fans outside of Philadelphia and media members acting like fan accounts took issue with Embiid missing the Sixers’ matchup on Christmas Day against the Heat, but one simple viewing of the moment of the injury would make it clear to anyone who isn’t looking for a take that the big fella is feeling the fallout from the injury.

Hopefully, Embiid can return soon, fully healthy, and he can continue his dominant season with the Sixers. Until then, it’s up to the rest of the team to carry the load on both ends.

Against Miami without Embiid, the Sixers struggled on both ends to gain an edge over the Heat. Tyrese Maxey particularly struggled without the presence of the reigning MVP. Against a formidable defense-focused opponent in the Orlando Magic, the job won’t get much easier.