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Embiid worry for Philadelphia

Joel Embiid will undergo an MRI on his left knee after limping out of the 119-107 defeat to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.

Embiid sustained the injury with 4:04 left in the fourth quarter after Jonathan Kuminga inadvertently fell on top of him.

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The 29-year-old had missed the 76ers’ previous two games due to an issue with the same knee but coach Nick Nurse said it was unrelated.

Embiid struggled before the incident and looked well short of his brilliant best, scoring 14 points with seven rebounds and two assists.

Nurse was adamant that was not due to injury, however.

“He hadn’t been on the court in five days – but he said he felt good,” Nurse said. 

“He felt like he wasn’t quite playing like his normal self, but he felt like that was more rust and rhythm than it was anything else.”

Embiid has suffered a frustrating season with injuries and can only miss five more if he wants to be eligible for post-season awards under the NBA’s new rule that stipulates players must participate in 65 games to qualify.

Nurse dismissed suggestions that played a part in allowing Embiid to play against Golden State.

He added: “I can’t speak to that, but we are going to continue to do all of the things that are necessary, that they’ve been doing the whole time he’s been playing here.

“He has these checks, he gets to these points, medicals are good, they check him again, he says he’s good, he even said he felt good in the game tonight. We keep relaying to that.”

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