Joel Embiid leaves 76ers game with shoulder injury (video)
Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons?
With Simmons already injured, Embiid got hurt in the 76ers’ game against the Cavaliers tonight.
Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia:
After what appeared to be a left shoulder collision with Ante Zizic, Joel Embiid has headed back to the locker room to get checked out.— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) February 27, 2020
Joel Embiid has a left shoulder sprain and will not return.— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) February 27, 2020
Losing Embiid for an extended period would be a huge blow to Philadelphia, especially with Simmons already out. The 76ers (fifth place, half a game out of fourth) are right on the edge of getting home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
At least Philadelphia has depth to cope. Al Horford can easily slide from power forward to center. Tobias Harris might be better off at power forward than small forward, anyway. This is where Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks, acquired just before the trade deadline, come in handy as additional wing options. Kyle O’Quinn can also play behind Horford.
But the loss of talent is the biggest development, and there’s no overcoming that until Embiid and Simmons get healthy.