Joel Embiid jokes about 'freak accident' that led to injury

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By David Adams

"After suffering an injury at the 11:50 mark of 2nd quarter of last night's game against New York, Joel Embiid was initially evaluated in the locker room and later taken to Jefferson Hospital for further evaluation and testing".

ESPN's Zach Lowe reports that Embiid could return in two to four weeks.

Embiid went through the concussion protocol, and it was ruled that he doesn't have a concussion. Embiid is averaging 22.9 points and 11 rebounds in 63 games.

According to a statement released Thursday, Embiid was asymptomatic when checked for a concussion immediately after the injury and passed the NBA's concussion assessment.

Philadelphia's Joel Embiid had played in 63 games this season, exceeding some expectations. However, his teammate's condition was on his mind as he gave comments about the in-game crash he was part of, and also tweeted out he was keeping him in his thoughts and prayers.

With eight games remaining in the regular season and no injury worse than "facial contusion" now attached to the collision, Sixers fans are hoping for a smooth recovery so that Embiid is okay to help the team's first playoff push since 2012. "All I can do is pray for him".

The 76ers were scheduled to travel to Atlanta on Thursday for a Friday game against the Hawks. "My heart dropped really, because I know he hit me, but he's a tough guy and I know he's going to be okay". They locked up a playoff spot on Sunday, They had an outside chance of getting 50 wins as they pushed for the 3rd seed with a cupcake schedule to finish the season, and Markelle Fultz unexpectedly came back on Monday vs the Nuggets.

But that's just the tip of the bad news iceberg for 76ers fans. In the meantime, the Pacers are just a half-game up on the Pacers for fourth.

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