Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is unlikely to play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round series against the visiting Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
Embiid underwent an MRI on Tuesday after exiting Game 4 the previous day with right knee soreness. He will be listed as doubtful for Wednesday’s game, the team announced.
The 76ers can afford to be cautious with Embiid considering they hold a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series.
Former Wizards forward Mike Scott and Dwight Howard likely will draw more playing time should Embiid sit out on Wednesday. The 76ers own a 10-11 record in the 21 games that Embiid missed this season.
Embiid was injured after an awkward fall to the floor following a drive to the basket with under five minutes remaining in the first quarter of Monday’s game. The four-time All-Star remained in the game for a few minutes before subbing out and retreating to the locker room.
Embiid collected eight points and six rebounds in 11 minutes before departing the contest.
The 27-year-old MVP candidate averaged 28.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game during the regular season. Embiid erupted for a career playoff-high 36 points in Philadelphia’s 132-103 victory over Washington in Game 3 on Saturday.
–Field Level Media