The Philadelphia 76ers can’t seem to catch a break.
Already expected to be without key player Ben Simmons for the rest of the NBA season, who underwent surgery Monday to remove a loose body in his knee, the team learned Wednesday that it was locked into a matchup against the No. 3 Boston Celtics in the first round of the Playoffs.
And now, star center Joel Embiid’s health is in question, too.
The big man left Sunday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers early with a left ankle injury and missed Philadelphia’s game against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday as well. Then, on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors, Embiid left the game in the first half and never returned.
Embiid was hit on his right hand in a game he already was scheduled to see limited time in. Per ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Embiid got x-rays on his wrist that came back negative.
Joel Embiid is out for the remainder of today’s game against the Raptors, the team says. Embiid got x-rays during halftime on his right wrist and they were negative.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) August 13, 2020
Entering the NBA bubble, seeing Philadelphia as the No. 6 seed was a nightmare first-round matchup for Boston. But as the Sixers lineup struggles with health, things don’t seem so bad all of a sudden.