Joel Embiid gives update on scary knee injury he suffered vs. Blazers
Joel Embiid’s knee is fine – at least for now. The Philadelphia 76ers superstar had a huge knee scare early in the game and had to briefly go to the locker room to assess the injury. The 26-year-old bumped his knee after blocking Portland Trailblazers center Enes Kanter in transition halfway through the opening quarter. He was able to get back into the game but the Blazers ended up on top with a 121-105 victory.
According to Embiid himself, he thinks his knee is okay. After the game, the three-time 76ers All-Star explained that he was wary of his knee during the game but luckily, he was able to come back and fight through it.
“I was pretty concerned. You never want to mess with any injuries, especially the knee,” the Sixers big man said after the game (via Rich Hofmann of The Athletic). “As the game kept going, I felt good. I mean, I wasn’t all there but I was trying to push through it. Let’s see how it feels tomorrow morning, but I think I should be good.”
Joel Embiid on his knee: "I was pretty concerned. You never want to mess with any injuries… Wasn't all the way there but I was trying to push through it… Let's see how it feels tomorrow morning, but I think I should be good."
— Rich Hofmann (@rich_hofmann) February 5, 2021
Bruised knee and all, Embiid still managed to produce a game-high of 37 points in 34 minutes. He dropped 25 of those in the second quarter and tallied a total of 31 in the opening half. The Sixers were also without Ben Simmons who was dealing with a calf issue.
Despite the loss, the Sixers are still at the top of the Eastern Conference with a 16-7 record ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets. The 76ers are hoping that their big man can stay healthy as they try to continue their dominance of the East.