The outlook for the Philadelphia 76ers was already rough without Ben Simmons, and now Joel Embiid is hurt, too. Late in the first quarter of Wednesday’s road game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Embiid injured his left shoulder while fighting for position near the basket against Ante Zizic and didn’t return to the game.
Philly Voice’s Kyle Neubeck reported that the Sixers are calling the injury a left shoulder sprain.
Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer added that Embiid will have an MRI tomorrow, so we should find out the severity of the injury soon.
Joel Embiid said he will have an MRI tomorrow.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) February 27, 2020
The Sixers’ remaining starters weren’t nearly good enough against the Cavs and went on to lose 94-108. Al Horford (10 points), Tobias Harris (11 points) and Josh Richardson (9 points) combined for a measly 30 points on 12-of-35 shooting.
We all know how much the Sixers need Embiid and Simmons to operate. The team’s overall performance and engagement on the road this season has been pretty useless as well. But against a 17-41 Cavs team with the NBA’s 29th-ranked defense, the lack of offensive production from Horford, Harris and Richardson was poor.
Hopefully for the Sixers, Simmons responds well to the treatment he’s undergoing for the nerve impingement in his lower back, and Embiid’s injury isn’t serious. This team isn’t going anywhere without them.