Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will miss Game 5 against the Washington Wizards (7 ET, NBA TV) because of a knee injury, the team announced Wednesday. An MRI revealed a small lateral meniscus tear in Embiid’s right knee and he will be day-to-day going forward.
Per the team, Embiid’s injury will “be managed with a physical therapy and treatment program.”
The Sixers lead the Wizards 3-1 in the first-round Eastern Conference series.
The Kia MVP finalist wound up on the floor behind the baseline after having his shot blocked by Washington’s Robin Lopez on a drive to the basket in the first quarter.
After staying down for a moment, a wincing Embiid rose and then put his hand on his lower right back.
He remained in the game for the time being, before eventually heading to the locker room in the last minute of the period.
Through the first three games of the series, Embiid had been nearly unstoppable, averaging 29.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals while shooting 67.4% overall and 54.5% from 3-point range.
Through the series’ four games, the 76ers have been outscored by 17 points over the 97 total minutes Embiid did not play.
The winner of the Sixers-Wizards series will play the winner of the Knicks-Hawks series in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.