Joel Em­biid side­lined due to sore left knee

Sun Star Bacolod - - Prime Sports -

PHILADEL­PHIA 76ers All-star cen­ter Joel Em­biid will miss at least a week with a sore left knee.

Em­biid un­der­went an MRI on Tues­day (Wed­nes­day, Manila time), which re­vealed no struc­tural dam­age, and he will un­dergo phys­i­cal ther­apy un­til he is eval­u­ated again next week.

The 24-year-old Em­biid is av­er­ag­ing 27.3 points and 13.5 re­bounds in 54 games for the Six­ers. He had 10 points and 12 re­bounds in 23 min­utes in last Sun­day’s All-star game.

Em­biid was the No. 3 over­all pick of the 2014 draft and missed his first two sea­sons with mul­ti­ple foot and knee in­juries.

“It’s reached the stage where he just felt un­com­fort­able with it,” Six­ers coach Brett Brown said. “It’s a lit­tle bit of ten­dini­tis. It’s stuff I think that’s quite com­mon, ac­tu­ally.”

Brown said he did not be­lieve the in­jury was connected to the All-star game.

“No­body needs to read into any­thing here,” he said. “This is an NBA ath­lete that has some sore­ness in the knee, has had an MRI and we all should move on. We’ll miss him, ob­vi­ously, play­ing-wise. But it’s not any­thing that isn’t com­pletely pointed to­ward keep­ing him ready and es­pe­cially ready when it mat­ters most at the end of the year.”

The Six­ers are 37-21 and in fifth place in the Eastern Con­fer­ence head­ing into Thurs­day’s game against the Mi­ami Heat./ AP

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