EM­BIID OUT IN­DEF­I­NITELY

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Joel Em­biid’s rookie of the year cam­paign is of­fi­cially on hold. The Philadel­phia 76ers an­nounced Mon­day that Em­biid, the No. 3 over­all pick in 2014 who missed the first two sea­sons of his ca­reer while re­cov­er­ing from two foot surg­eries, will be out in­def­i­nitely with swelling in his left knee. He didn’t take part in Mon­day’s shoot-around and is sched­uled to have an MRI. The star cen­ter, who has emerged as a fan fa­vorite and face of the fran­chise for a Sixers team that has taken a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward this sea­son, hasn’t played since Jan. 27 — a 32-point, seven-re­bound, four-as­sist out­ing against the Hous­ton Rockets — be­cause of th­ese lin­ger­ing knee is­sues ( bone bruise, mi­nor menis­cus tear). He has missed 16 of Philadel­phia’s last 17 games. Last week, Sixers GM

Bryan Colan­gelo said the team should have been more clear when giv­ing up­dates on Em­biid’s sta­tus in­stead of list­ing him day-to-day.

BILL STREICHER, USA TO­DAY SPORTS

76ers cen­ter Joel Em­biid, a rookie of the year can­di­date, has missed 16 of the team’s last 17 games be­cause of swelling in his left knee.

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