Joel Embiid injury update: 76ers star set for MRI after hard fall, exit in Game 4 loss vs. Wizards

The 76ers lost Joel Embiid during their Game 4 loss to the Wizards.

Embiid exited the game in the first quarter a couple of minutes after taking a hard fall while driving to the basket against Robin Lopez.

Here’s a look at the play that left Embiid with “right knee soreness” and rendered him unavailable.

Embiid tried to play through the pain and finished the first quarter, but he didn’t return afterward. He finished the game with eight points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal in just 11 minutes of action.

After the contest, 76ers coach Doc Rivers declined to give much of an update on Embiid’s status. He did, however, confirm that the team would do imaging, including an MRI, on Embiid’s injury to determine its severity.

Will Joel Embiid play in Game 5 of the 76ers vs. Wizards series? That’s the big question for Philadelphia. The MVP candidate is the team’s most important player, and his teammates, including Danny Green, know it.

“We’re going to need him to be the last team standing, to win,” Green said, per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. “It doesn’t mean we can’t win the next game without him.”

If Embiid does miss time, backup big Mike Scott would see an increase in playing time. After playing just 11:36 combined in the first three games of the series, Scott saw 16:37 of action after Embiid went down. He and Dwight Howard would be relied upon to help slow down the effective Wizards center rotation of Daniel Gafford and Lopez.

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