Embiid for Game 5 vs Wizards with a small tear in the meniscus
The Sixers have provided an official update on Joel Embiid’s status, announcing (via Twitter) that an MRI scan of the large man’s injured right knee revealed a small lateral meniscus tear.
Embiid will be out for Game 5 on Wednesday, according to the Sixers. However, the club have yet to rule him out beyond that, stating that he will be considered on a day-to-day basis in the future. His injury will be managed through a physiotherapy and treatment program.
While it’s good news that Embiid doesn’t have a more serious injury, any level of meniscus tearing is worrisome, so it’s not the best of times for the 76ers.
There are several treatment options available for meniscus injuries, including surgery, but it looks like the club will choose not to let their All-Star center go under the knife, as this would result in an absence of at least several weeks. or even several months.
Even without surgery, I wouldn’t count on Embiid necessarily ready to return in the next few days. Managing the swelling and pain in his right knee will play a big role in how quickly he can play again, notes ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter).
With Embiid unavailable, the Sixers are expected to rely more on frontline players like Dwight Howard and Mike Scott in Game 5 on Wednesday. Philadelphia has a 3-1 lead and can close their first-round streak with a win over the Wizards.