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Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid will miss time after sustaining bone bruise

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid lay on the court after suffering an injury March 12, 2021, in Washington.
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid lay on the court after he suffered an injury following an awkward landing on his left leg Friday night at Washington.
(Nick Wass / Associated Press)

Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid has a bone bruise on his left knee and could miss at least two weeks, according to a person with knowledge of the injury.

Embiid did not suffer structural damage to his knee and will be evaluated again in two weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the severity of the injury had not been announced.

Embiid was injured in the Sixers’ win Friday over Washington. Embiid landed awkwardly after a dunk on his left leg, his knee joint appearing to bend slightly forward. He writhed in pain on the floor for several minutes, and a stretcher was briefly brought on the court, but the center limped off under his own power.

The Lakers were struggling heading into the All-Star break, but Anthony Davis should be back soon to help LeBron and Co.

Embiid has emerged as an MVP candidate after helping the 76ers to the Eastern Conference lead. He’s averaging 29.9 points and 11.5 rebounds in 31 games.

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The 76ers host San Antonio on Sunday.


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