How Joel Embiid's injury could change the National Basketball Association playoffs

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01 April, 2018

In just his second season, Embiid has put up MVP-calibre numbers and is in line to make his first All-NBA team.

On the season, Embiid is averaging 22.9 points, 11 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

The incident occurred in the second quarter of a 118-101 home win over the Knicks, while Embiid was trying to complete a dribble handoff to Fultz near the three-point line. After laying on the court for several minutes and then sitting up, Embiid was eventually taken back to the locker room with help. Things got scary while I was out and about with my dad after the game when I saw Embiid post this on his Instagram story.

Immediately following the injury, Embiid passed the NBA's locker room concussion assessment tool. Still, that's a drop from how well Philadelphia has been playing with Embiid.

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Joel Embiid will be sidelined for at least the 76ers' next two games because of what the team is calling a facial contusion. Embiid appeared to bobble the ball resulting in him lowering his head trying to recover it right as Fultz came at him at full-speed, resulting in Embiid collapsing to the ground in a heap while clutching his face.

Earlier on Thursday morning, ESPN relayed the news of the recent collision during the 76ers' game against the New York Knicks. "I'm anxious about him, but I believe he's OK". Philadelphia now owns the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and has already clinched a spot.

When Joel Embiid said on social media Wednesday while being treated at a hospital that his situation was "Not good", the 76ers star turned out to be painfully accurate. At the moment they sit just a half game below Cleveland for the East's third seed.

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