April 23, 2018

Joel Embiid injury casts shadow over Philadelphia 76ers' hopes in playoffs

01 April 2018, 12:06 | Kristopher Drake

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Joel Embiid injury update: 76ers star taken to hospital after shot to head

Bad luck hits Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid as he suffers an injury just when the National Basketball Association playoffs is drawing close.

Therefore, when he collided with rookie Markelle Fultz on Wednesday night, the entire Sixers fanbase and the National Basketball Association community as a whole held their collective breaths as the big man hit the floor.

However, he later began experiencing symptoms, and has since been diagnosed with a concussion, and has been placed in the NBA's concussion protocol. Embiid finished with just five points and three rebounds during the eight minutes he was part of the game.

The collision took place at the start of the second quarter, with Embiid receiving a pass from Fultz, and then Fultz getting too close to Embiid while attempting to run off him on a pick. That said, with his history of injury, it's unlikely Philadelphia fans will be entirely convinced of his safety until he's back on the court wreaking havoc on opposing teams.

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Embiid, jovial as always, took to social Thursday (Friday AEDT) to re-assure fans that he's already set his sights on returning to action for the playoffs (see below).

Embiid was ruled out for the rest of the Sixers' 118-101 victory with a facial contusion. Still, that's a drop from how well Philadelphia has been playing with Embiid. "When Embiid goes to the bench, the 76ers have been outscored by 3.9 points per 100 possessions, barely better than the New York Knicks' net rating (minus-4.4)". Stay tuned for the latest Joel Embiid injury update.

Embiid was the primary reason for the Sixers to seal their first playoff appearance since the 2011-12 season. "He's a tough guy". His head coach, Brett Brown, noted his team was not intimidated by any teams in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but the Croatian shared a different viewpoint. "I was trying to get the ball at the same time I was watching him".

When Joel Embiid said on social media Wednesday while being treated at a hospital that his situation was "Not good", the 76ers star turned out to be painfully accurate. In the meantime, the Pacers are just a half-game up on the Pacers for fourth.

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