Joel Embiid injury update: 76ers center exits after appearing to tweak left knee vs. Magic


The 76ers are facing an uphill battle to qualify for the NBA Playoffs. The team may have run into a serious setback.

Right before halftime of Philadelphia’s penultimate game of the season, reigning MVP Joel Embiid landed awkwardly after a made basket and immediately grabbed at his left knee. Embiid went straight to the locker room after the apparent injury.

Embiid recently returned to the Sixers lineup after missing 29 games after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the same knee. At the time of his injury, Embiid had 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in 17 minutes of action.

What is Embiid’s injury and how serious is it? Here are the latest updates below.

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What is Joel Embiid’s injury?

Embiid drove for a layup with under two minutes remaining in the first half of a game against the Magic. As the ball rattled in, Embiid jumped for a potential offensive rebound and after his second landing, came up in apparent pain.

Embiid reached at his left knee and labored back on defense before exiting the game. He went straight to the locker room.

How long will Joel Embiid be out?

Embiid returned to the game for the second half, but it is important to note that this is the same knee that has given him problems throughout the 2023-24 regular season. Prior to the meniscus tear, Embiid experienced swelling and inflammation in his left knee.

Embiid’s latest tweak could be related to meniscal issues or pre-existing issues with swelling and inflammation. With the NBA Play-In Tournament and Playoffs nearing, Embiid’s availability is more important than ever.

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76ers remaining schedule 2024

Philadelphia has one more regular season game remaining and is in contention to play in the NBA Play-In Tournament, which takes place from April 16-19.

Date Opponent Time (ET) TV channel
April 14 vs. Nets 1 p.m.
April 16-19 NBA Play-In Tournament TBD TBD



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