76ers' Joel Embiid Will Undergo MRI on Knee Injury; Game 5 Status Unknown

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 1, 2021

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid plays during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid is expected to undergo an MRI on Tuesday after exiting Monday's 122-114 loss to the Washington Wizards with right knee soreness, head coach Doc Rivers told reporters after Game 4.

Embiid limped to the locker room during the first half and was ruled out during halftime. It's not clear if the big man will be able to play in Game 5 on Wednesday.

"I actually don't know," Rivers said of Embiid's status for Game 5.

Embiid played 51 games this season and missed time with knee and shoulder injuries.

Philadelphia is a legitimate NBA title contender with a fully healthy Embiid. He was an MVP candidate who led the Sixers in scoring (28.5 points per game) and rebounding (10.6) during the regular season.

He also averaged a team-high 29.3 points per game through the first three games of the series.

Injuries have been a problem for the Kansas alum throughout his career. He has missed at least 18 games in each of the past five seasons. 

Given his importance to the Sixers, they will likely be careful with Embiid's injury at this stage of the series with a commanding lead over Washington.

Until Embiid can get back in the lineup, Dwight Howard will likely see more playing time.