'Dramatic' Embiid insists he's fine after injury concern

'Dramatic' Embiid insists he's fine after injury concern


Joel Embiid feels OK.

The Sixers' big man wants everyone to know he was not in pain after falling and leaving the court during the fourth quarter of the Sixers' 112-98 win over the Clippers Saturday (see observations).

“My hand got tangled inside my leg as I was reaching for the ball,” Embiid said. “Nothing happened, I feel great. I kind of hit my knee on the floor. It happened, but I feel great.”

The fall didn’t look good when it happened. Embiid was driving against Tyrone Wallace when Wallace reached in for a steal. Embiid began to move toward the ball and fell. Embiid stayed down on the floor, lying on his back with his right leg bent in the air and banging on his right knee with his fist.

Embiid left the court on his own with 7:33 left, went to the locker room with the trainer shortly thereafter, and returned to the game less than three minutes later. Embiid said he did not undergo an x-ray nor did he receive treatment during that trip.

He also said he was not experiencing pain or swelling after logging a total of 34 minutes on the second night of a back-to-back. Embiid was affected by fatigue late in the fourth, only the second time in his career he’s played in consecutive games. He still finished with a 29-point, 16-rebound double-double.

“Back-to-back nights, it’s to be expected,” he said of feeling tired toward the end. “But it’s basketball. You’ve got to play through it.”

Embiid’s teammates had mixed reactions to seeing their centerpiece hit the ground. T.J. McConnell estimated he and “about 20,000 people” inside the Wells Fargo Center held their breaths until Embiid walked off the spill. Embiid's lengthy injury history, including season-ending left knee surgery last year, always adds an extra element of concern whenever he slips or tumbles. 

Ben Simmons wasn’t sure exactly how to read the situation at first.

“Mixed emotions,” Simmons said. “It’s like, Jo is hurt or is he not hurt? Does he just want a breather? (Smiles) I was praying for the breather, which it was. I was happy he got up.”

Veteran JJ Redick, on the other hand, wasn’t worried. He has seen a lot over his 12-year career and had a strong feeling Embiid wasn’t seriously injured.

“Jo is very dramatic,” Redick said. “I’ve played with a lot of good actors in my career and he’s definitely in the top three. He could have a future in Hollywood if he wanted to.”

Redick added, “Some people probably bought it, I didn’t buy it. There’s a difference between agony and selling, like, a foul, you know what I mean? We all do it. It’s part of the game. I wasn’t concerned.”

In the end, Embiid just wanted to think about basketball. 

“Can we just stop talking about my knee?” Embiid said after two minutes of questions about it. “I’m fine.”

Embiid's injury scare overshadows Sixers' win

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Embiid's injury scare overshadows Sixers' win


The Sixers beat the Clippers 112-98 Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, but the bigger story was a Joel Embiid injury scare.

Embiid was driving against Tyrone Wallace in the fourth quarter when Wallace reached in to steal the ball. Embiid tried to move toward the ball and fell. He laid on his back with his right leg bent in the air, banging on his right knee with his fist. Embiid walked off the court on his own with 7:33 to play but went to the locker room with the trainer shortly thereafter (see video). 

Embiid returned to the game less than three minutes later. He recorded his 28th double-double of the season with 29 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Embiid had been questionable leading into this game with a right ankle injury. He was cleared to play after going through warmups.

The Sixers (28-25) swept the Clippers (28-26) this season. They previously beat the Clippers 109-105 in Los Angeles on Nov. 13. The Sixers have won their first three games of this five-game homestand.

• Doc Rivers gave big praise to Ben Simmons before the game, comparing the rookie point guard's passing abilities to those of Magic Johnson. "He’s going to be unbelievable," Rivers said. Simmons scored 14 points with 10 assists and five rebounds.

• T.J. McConnell can now be called "Three-J" McConnell. He shot a perfect 3-for-3 from long-range en route to 17 points and eight assists in 26 minutes off the bench.

• The Sixers got another spark off the bench from Justin Anderson, who tired his season-high with 12 points. Anderson scored 10 in the first half.

• Sharpshooting sixth man Lou Williams matched his season average of 23 points for the Clippers. 

• JJ Redick dropped 17 points (5-for-10 from three) against his former team. 

“It always feels good to beat your former team," Redick said. "But nothing but love for those guys over there. But that last three-pointer, I emphasized that a little bit. That was ball game, so that felt good."

• Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox was in attendance.

Lou Williams isn't coming back to the Sixers

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Lou Williams isn't coming back to the Sixers

A person with knowledge of the situation says Lou Williams and the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a contract extension.

Williams is averaging 23.3 points during the best season of his career and had been mentioned as a trade possibility in the final year of a contract that is paying him $7 million this season. The person says instead, the Clippers opted to give Williams a new deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the contract extension had not been publicly announced.

Terms of the contract were not provided, but ESPN and Yahoo! Sports reported that Williams would get a three-year deal.

The Sixers were reportedly one of the teams interested in Williams (see story).