The exceptional season of Joel Embiid has been plagued by injuries and has now taken a turn for the worst.
On Thursday, it was revealed that Embiid has suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee, and there is currently no definite timeline for his comeback.
The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of the 119-107 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday while he was in pursuit of a loose ball. Embiid was on the court clutching his knee for a period before limping back to the locker room without returning.
During January, Embiid missed a total of five games, and it is highly probable that he will miss more games this month as well.
In order to remain eligible for NBA’s postseason awards, Embiid can only afford to miss five more games as the league has recently set a requirement of a minimum of 65 games for players to be considered for All-NBA and MVP honors.
Prior to the injury announcement, Philadelphia was fined $75,000 by the NBA for not promptly reporting Embiid’s absence on Jan. 27.
When fit, Embiid leads the NBA with an average of 35.3 points, along with 11.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists.