Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid left last night’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers with a shoulder injury. He sat out tonight’s win over the New York Knicks.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Embiid and the Sixers got some encouraging news today. Further evaluation showed no structural damage to Embiid’s left shoulder.
The big man will be re-evaluated in one week. In the meantime, Philadelphia will continue to take the court without its two top players.
Ben Simmons has missed the last three games with a back injury which he suffered in practice. He’ll miss at least two weeks as he deals with what’s been diagnosed as a nerve impingement.
No structural damage to left shoulder for Joel Embiid, re-evaluated in a week, per source l.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 28, 2020
Philly suffered an embarrassing loss to the lowly Cavs on Wednesday, but didn’t need either Simmons or Embiid to beat the putrid Knicks tonight. However, the schedule is about to get a lot harder.
The Sixers’ next two games are in Los Angeles against the Clippers (Sunday) and Lakers (Tuesday). After that they get a little respite when they complete California trip against the Kings and Warriors.
Philly is currently 37-23 and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Percentage points separate the Sixers from the fourth-place Miami Heat (36-22).