Joel Embiid is out with a left knee bone bruise. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 13, 2021
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 13, 2021
By Tom Brennan
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne are reporting that Sixers center Joel Embiid’s MRI showed no structural damage to his left knee, just a bone bruise.
Embiid’s ACL and meniscus are fine, sources said, but there is no timeline yet on a return. He is still expected to miss time with the bone bruise, sources said, but there’s significant relief within Sixers that the injury isn’t something much worse.
Embiid left last night’s game when he hyperextended his left knee after landing with all his weight on his leg after a dunk in the third quarter.
But as Embiid went down after the dunk, his full body weight landed on that left leg — causing it to hyperextend, sending him falling to the court and causing him to writhe around in pain.
After staying down for a few minutes, Embiid eventually got to his feet and walked off under his own power — though with a fairly pronounced limp — as he went straight back to the visitors locker room inside Washington’s Capital One Arena.
Embiid had a similarly scary situation last month when he hyperextended his right knee in an awkward fall against the Portland Trail Blazers after blocking an Enes Kanter layup. In that game, Embiid returned a few minutes later and dominated, scoring 31 first-half points in a game the Sixers eventually lost.
The Sixers got Embiid back last night after both he and Simmons missed Thursday’s win in Chicago over the Bulls — as well as Sunday’s All-Star Game in Atlanta — because of contact tracing stemming from a barber both stars visited before heading to Atlanta.
Embiid's still expected to miss time with the bone bruise, sources said, but there's significant relief within Sixers that the injury isn't something much worse. https://t.co/ozcRTepMDe
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 13, 2021