- Joel Embiid had to leave Wednesday night’s game against the Knicks early after colliding with newly returned teammate Markelle Fultz.
- Embiid was found not to have a concussion, and initial x-rays were negative, but he still spent time at the hospital treating facial contusions.
- Embiid posted from the hospital to his Instagram story, captioning the post “not good,” leaving Philadelphia Sixers fans to hope for updates.
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid left Wednesday night’s game against the Knicks early after colliding with newly returned teammate Markelle Fultz.
The collision took place at the start of the second quarter, with Embiid receiving a pass from Fultz, and then Fultz getting too close to Embiid while attempting to run off him on a pick. The crowd immediately reacted as Embiid fell to the floor and lie there for the remainder of the play.
You can watch the scene play out below.
Joel Embiid is out for thegame with a facial bruise after colliding with Markelle Fultz onthis play. pic.twitter.com/UzAfiuygig
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 29, 2018
Embiid was taken off the court and went through concussion protocol, and while results were negative, he was ruled out for the remainder of the game with a facial contusion. He was later taken to the hospital where initial x-rays were negative. Embiid, however, posted an update on his Instagram story, captioned “not great.”
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) March 29, 2018
The Sixers would go on to defeat the Knicks 118-101 to extend their winning streak to eight and keep hold of the fourth spot in the Easter Conference playoff picture. After the game, Fultz sent out prayers for his recovering teammate.
Prayers with my brother???????? love you bro and I’m here with you @JoelEmbiid
— Markelle Fultz (@MarkelleF) March 29, 2018
With eight games remaining in the regular season and no injury worse than “facial contusion” currently attached to the collision, Sixers fans are hoping for a smooth recovery so that Embiid is okay to help the team’s first playoff push since 2012. That said, with his history of injury, it’s unlikely Philadelphia fans will be entirely convinced of his safety until he’s back on the court wreaking havoc on opposing teams.