Sixers’ Joel Embiid ruled out of Lakers game with back issue
The Philadelphia 76ers mopped the floor of the Staples Center with the Los Angeles Lakers, as they came away with a convincing 121-103 road win Tuesday night in Hollywood. The Sixers were clearly on their way to a victory as early as the start of the fourth quarter, but there was one moment that had the entire team holding their collective breath when big man Joel Embiid appeared to hurt his back while attempting to complete a throwdown on the break.
He was able to walk to the bench, but scary fall for Joel Embiid… pic.twitter.com/h0gBGm8dZX
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) January 30, 2019
While he was able to limp his way back to the bench, he’s already done for the night, according to Tim Bontemps of ESPN.
Joel Embiid is out of the game and back to the locker room after hurting his back after that last dunk attempt.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 30, 2019
UPDATE: Fortunately for Embiid and the Sixers, the injury was not as serious as it looked. In fact, he was sent back into the game just a few minutes later, according to Derek Bonder of The Athletic. It was a short and surprising turnaround, especially when it was so hastily reported that he was not going to play the rest of the contest.
Joel Embiid is checking back into the game with 4:05 left and the #sixers up 11.
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) January 30, 2019
Joel Embiid feasted on the Lakers’ slim frontline, as he finished with a team-high 28 points on a 7-for-16 shooting from the field and a 12-for-16 line from the foul line. He also had 11 rebounds, six assists, and a block in 30 minutes of throwing his weight and size around the paint against Los Angeles.
The Sixers will continue their West Coast trip on Thursday with a road game against the Golden State Warriors.