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Report: Joel Embiid suffered sprained knee, out for Game 4 vs. Nets

Natalie and Kelsey Nicole Nelson assess how Joel Embiid's Flagrant 1 foul toward Nic Claxton during Game 3 against the Nets compared to what Draymond Green did to Domantas Sabonis, as well as James Harden's ejection.

While most of the focus on Joel Embiid’s legs in Game 3 was on who he was kicking and where, he was also obviously in some pain as he tried to play through something that was bothering him.

That turned out to be a sprained knee and it will keep him out of Game 4, reports Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

With the 76ers up 3-0 in their first-round series against the Nets, this is a good time to make sure Embiid can get healthy before a likely second-round showdown with the Boston Celtics. Philadelphia should be able to win one of its next two games without Embiid — especially the way Tyrese Maxey played down the stretch of Game 3 — and advance.

Embiid played at an MVP level this season — he is the betting favorite to win the award — averaging a league-leading 33 points per game.