After missing two games due to left knee soreness, the big fella returned, but he didn’t look great. He had 14 points on 5-for-18 shooting with seven rebounds, and eight turnovers, and his limited mobility was alarming. He couldn’t attack the double teams off the dribble as it appeared he didn’t trust his explosion at all and things were made worse toward the end of the game.
Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga fell on Embiid’s knee with 4:03 left in the fourth and he then limped off which ended his night.
“So obviously, he got landed on,” coach Nick Nurse told reporters on Tuesday after the loss. “They’re going to do an MRI tonight or tomorrow (Wednesday). It’s kind of unrelated to what’s been bothering him. So we just wait on that. You guys saw that play. He kind of got landed on.”
Embiid played 30 minutes on Tuesday and it wasn’t a great 30 minutes. He looked nowhere near 100% and looked as if he was trying to play through pain to be on the floor for his team. He deserves credit for that, but he wasn’t at his best on either end of the floor.
“Obviously, medical cleared him,” Nurse added. “Joel, obviously, is a big part of that. He said he was feeling good. He’s more a little rusty. He hadn’t been on the court for five days, but he said he felt good.”
The Sixers will now play the waiting game to see what the MRI says as they hope for good news for their MVP leader. The Sixers have one game left on this trip when they take on the Utah Jazz on Thursday.