Injuries continue to take a toll on the 76ers, with superstar Joel Embiid joining an already extensive list of inactive players.
Embiid, who has already missed time this season, will now be sidelined with a left foot injury sustained during a stretch of dominant play. Philadelphia’s All-NBA center joins James Harden, Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey as the fourth starter to be hampered by injury in recent weeks.
What’s next for Embiid? Here’s what we know about his injury and how long he could be sidelined.
What is Joel Embiid’s injury?
On Monday, Nov. 21, the 76ers announced that Embiid had suffered a left mid-foot sprain. The news came less than 48 hours after Embiid scored 32 points in 36 minutes of action against the Timberwolves.
#Sixers center Joel Embiid (left mid-foot sprain) will miss the upcoming back-to-back games.
His status will be reevaluated in the coming days.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) November 21, 2022
Due to his injury, Embiid will not be available when the Sixers host Ben Simmons and the Nets for a highly-anticipated game.
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Through 12 games, Embiid is averaging 32.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, including a historic performance in which he scored 59 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, dished out eight assists and blocked seven shots on Sunday, Nov. 13.
Despite his dominance, Philadelphia is 6-6 with Embiid in the lineup and has been hovering around .500 all season.
How long will Joel Embiid be out?
All reports indicate that Embiid will be out for at least two games — the Sixers’ back-to-back against the Nets (Nov. 22) and Hornets (Nov. 23).
After sitting for two games, Embiid will be re-evaluated and his status will be updated accordingly.
Joel Embiid games missed
Prior to sustaining the foot injury, Embiid missed four of the Sixers’ first 16 games. During the 2021-22 season, Embiid appeared in a career-high 68 games.
|Oct. 28||at Raptors||Right knee soreness|
|Oct. 31||at Wizards||Non-COVID illness|
|Nov. 2||vs. Wizards||Non-COVID illness|
|Nov. 4||vs. Knicks||Non-COVID illness|
|Nov. 22||vs. Nets||Left mid-foot sprain|
|Nov. 23||at Hornets||Left mid-foot sprain|
76ers schedule 2022-23
Here are the 76ers’ next five games. After Embiid sits out the back-to-back, Philadelphia will play two games in Orlando before returning home to host the Hawks.
|Date||Opponent||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Nov. 22||vs. Nets||7:30 p.m.||TNT|
|Nov. 23||at Hornets||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 25||at Magic||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 27||at Magic||6 p.m.|
|Nov. 28||vs. Hawks||7 p.m.||NBA TV|