Sixers rule Embiid out with right knee soreness
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Philadelphia 76ers’ star Joel Embiid was ruled out of Monday night’s game against the Washington Wizards with right knee soreness.
Embiid was forced to the locker room after a hard fall in the first quarter of his team’s attempt to closeout the series. He spent the entire second quarter of Game 4 in the locker room and was ruled out at halftime.
Embiid crashed to the floor after he was met in the air at the rim by Wizards center Robin Lopez just over seven minutes into the game. Lopez cleanly blocked the shot but Embiid lost his balance on the way down and landed on his backside, instantly grimacing in pain.
He stayed in the game after a timeout and finished out the quarter but was in some discomfort, holding his lower back/right hip area. After checking out of the game in the final seconds of the quarter he went to the locker room.
Embiid still made a significant impact, scoring eight points with six rebounds, two assists and a a steal in the first quarter. He came into the game averaging 30 points on 67% shooting in the series.
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