Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid possibly missing postseason would be crushing

Mar 26 2018 Philadelphia PA USA Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid celebrates a basket during the fourth quarter of the game against the Denver Nuggets at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

At first, the injury didn't seem like that big of a deal after the Sixers announced the All-Star would miss at least the next two games, but it appears there may be additional reasons for concern over Embiid if the injury is more serious than expected.

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star centre Joel Embiid was diagnosed with a concussion and a fractured left orbital bone and will require surgery to fix the fracture, the team announced Thursday. Embiid, who missed the first two seasons of his National Basketball Association career due to various injuries, has been central to the 76ers' resurgence, leading the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks while becoming their first All-Star since Jrue Holiday in 2012-13.

Embiid released a brief video on Instagram late Wednesday night, sharing a message of "not good" while laying in a hospital bed. After laying on the court for several minutes and then sitting up, Embiid was eventually taken back to the locker room with help.

Embiid finished with 5 points and 3 rebounds in 8 minutes. "I was trying to get the ball at the same time I was watching him".

The man who collided with him was apologetic following the game on Wednesday. "My heart dropped really, because I know he hit me, but he's a tough guy and I know he's going to be okay". The Sixers (44-30) have eight regular-season games remaining.

Embiid is not joining the Sixers on their two-game road trip and there is now no timetable on Embiid's return.

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