Bad news for the 76ers. The blow suffered on Wednesday by Joel Embiid, who crashed involuntarily against his teammate Markelle Fultz, will have the Cameroonian out for an estimated period of 2 to 4 weeks. The regular season will come to an end on April 11 and the playoffs will begin on the 14th of that month, so Embiid could miss the first round in full.
Embiid suffered the blow in the second quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Knicks. He was transferred to the Jefferson Hospital after a first evaluation in the locker room, where all the protocols were fulfilled to place him as a potential patient suffering from concussion.
Now, according to the 76ers in an official note, not only that concussion has been confirmed, but also Embiid suffers an orbital fracture in his left eye that will force him to go through the operating room shortly. Although Philadelphia has not targeted Embiid’s exact recovery time after surgery, ESPN points from direct 76ers sources to an absence of the player for an estimated period of fifteen days to one month.