Add Joel Embiid to the Philadelphia 76ers’ growing list of injured players. The All-Star big man is expected to miss the next two games for the Sixers with a midfoot sprain. by Shams Charania. Embiid was injured in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.
The injury came with 5:33 left in the fourth quarter when Georges Niang fell on Embiid’s ankle after he was called for an indictment. Embiid fell to the floor and writhed in pain for a while after the game, but stayed at home for the rest of the game.
After the game, when asked about his future condition, Embiid said that he hoped his ankle would feel better in a few days.
“I’m not sure,” Embiid said. “I hope it gets better somehow. [the next few days]let’s see.”
Embiid will miss the 6ers’ upcoming home games against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday before heading to the road game against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. Hopefully missing two games will be enough for the big man because Philadelphia can’t afford more injuries.
The 66ers have been without James Harden for two weeks with a sprained hamstring in his right leg. Harden is expected to miss at least another two weeks due to injury. There is also a recent injury to defenseman Tyreese Maxey, who is expected to be out for 3-4 weeks after suffering a foot bone injury just a few days ago.
All of these injuries led to a less-than-perfect start to the season for the Sixers, who sit eighth in the Eastern Conference with an 8-8 record. And while injuries are never perfect, timing them will certainly reduce the excitement of the upcoming game, which sees the 66ers take on Ben Simmons and the Nets on Tuesday. This would be Simmons’ first return to Philadelphia since he applied for a trade two summers ago, and it should have been one of the most anticipated matches on the NBA schedule. Surely the Philadelphia fans will let Simmons hear all sorts of cheers when he arrives in town on Tuesday, but the game itself is losing some of its luster as Philadelphia’s top three players have been eliminated.