With the Milwaukee Bucks stumbling and potentially eliminated, this could’ve finally been the Philadephia 76ers’ year to go the distance.
Now, they could be without their best player to start their potential second-round series vs. the Boston Celtics.
According to Ramona Shelbourne and John Clark, Embiid is dealing with an LCL sprain.
Source confirms Joel Embiid has a sprained LCL. He may have to wear a brace for the knee when he returns. There is some hope that he can play towards the beginning of the Sixers second round series but he will be playing through a knee injury@ramonashelburne was first pic.twitter.com/JxirjN0vjA
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) April 25, 2023
And while he could play through that injury with a brace on his knee, his status is up in the air for the first couple of games of that series.
Needless to say, this was a massive blow for Sixers fans, who took to Twitter to either express their concerns or show their faith in the team.
This here, my friend, is a hot take…and I could be talked into it…lol
— Philly Sports – Love & Pain (@PHLSportsPain) April 25, 2023
I’m done, it’s every god damn year. Other than the bubble year I think he has been hurt every single playoff run
— Dr-Gabagool J.D. (@Dr_Gabagool) April 25, 2023
This man played through a torn meniscus two years ago. He's playing
— Tommy (@TomassoLP) April 25, 2023
Right on time
— cj hood (@therealcjhood) April 25, 2023
I love embiid but damn this is becoming tiring with all his injuries come playoffs
— Roddy (@RoddyThat) April 25, 2023
It’s been the same story with Embiid ever since he made it to the league, and that’s been the biggest knock on him as an MVP candidate.
He dominates on both ends of the floor like few players, but he just can’t seem to stay healthy when it matters the most.
Notably, this is perhaps the deepest Sixers team he’s been a part of, so there’s still a chance they could steal a win on the road vs. Boston, even without him.
That would take some vintage James Harden and a huge game by Tyrese Maxey, and the Celtics are an elite defensive team.
Sixers fans can only hope that the Atlanta Hawks manage to pull off a miracle and force Game 6 despite Dejounte Murray’s suspension, so Embiid has more time to rest and heal.
But for now, things don’t look very well for Doc Rivers’ teamNEXT: NBA Insider Gives Latest Injury Update On Joel Embiid