“Evidently, it reached a stage where [Embiid] just felt uncomfortable with it,” Sixers coach Brett Brown told reporters following Wednesday’s practice at the team’s Camden, New Jersey, facility via ESPN. “So he had an MRI on it; there’s a little bit of tendinitis. It’s stuff that, I think, is quite common, actually.”
Brown added that he didn’t believe Embiid playing in last Sunday’s All-Star Game did anything to add to the lingering soreness. Embiid played 23 minutes and scored 10 points to go with 12 rebounds.
Embiid had begun to shed his reputation of being injury-prone after missing the first two seasons of his career due to injuries and another 51 games in this third year. He played in 63 games last season and has played in 54 of 58 games this season.
The Sixers will also be without guard Furkan Korkmaz indefinitely, as he has a torn meniscus.
Philadelphia will resume their season following the NBA All-Star break tomorrow night in a home match-up agains the Miami Heat.