Updated: 10:05 p.m.
Already down Ben Simmons, the last thing the Sixers needed was an injury to their other All-Star.
Joel Embiid suffered a left shoulder sprain, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Serena Winters, and did not return vs. the Cavs. He went back to the locker room with a left shoulder injury after he was fouled by Ante Zizic late in the first quarter in Cleveland.
Embiid and the Cavs’ big man got tangled up and Embiid came up grabbing his shoulder. He then went on to miss both free throws and grimaced the entire time. Furkan Korkmaz purposefully committed a foul to get Embiid back to the locker room. Embiid briefly came back to the bench, but was then summoned by head athletic trainer Kevin Johnson back to the locker room. It appeared GM Elton Brand was waiting for him in the tunnel.
After the game, Embiid was wearing a sling on the injured shoulder in the locker room, according to Winters. He'll have an MRI Thursday, per Keith Pompey of the Inquirer.
The Sixers were already without Simmons, who was diagnosed with nerve impingement in his lower back. He’ll be re-evaluated in two weeks, per a team spokesperson.
The team was also without Norvel Pelle, who is dealing with an upper respiratory illness. That left Al Horford and Kyle O’Quinn as the only players that can play as true NBA fives. Horford struggled while O'Quinn was solid in his first real action since Jan. 20.
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