Sport NBA Playoffs 2021: Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid exits Game 4 with right knee soreness
NBA Playoffs 2021: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks series preview
After missing the playoffs last season, the Atlanta Hawks are into the second round, where they will face a tough test against the No.1 seed Philadelphia 76ers. Can Trae Young continue his scorching playoff debut against one of the NBA's best defences or will the 76ers march on to the Eastern Conference Finals?Awaiting them is the No.5 seed Atlanta Hawks, who took care of the New York Knicks in five games, giving us a matchup between one of the best offences in the league and the best defences.
After steamrolling to a dominant 3-0 series lead in their first-round matchup against the Washington Wizards, things have suddenly started looking shaky for the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 4.
With 36.5 seconds left in the first quarter of Game 4, league MVP finalist Joel Embiid subbed out of the game to never return.
During halftime, after he spent the entire second quarter in the locker room, the team provided clarity on his absence.
Joel Embiid - right knee soreness - will not return.— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers)
When he left the game, he had recorded eight points, six rebounds, two assists and a block in 11 minutes of action.
NBA Playoffs 2021: Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons' career games leads Philadelphia 76ers over Washington Wizards in Game 1
Tobias Harris came out in attack mode in this one, going off for a playoff career-best 37 points to lead the 76ers over the Wizards in Game 1. His efforts combined with 30 points from Joel Embiid and a career-high 15 assists from Ben Simmons proved to be too much for Washington to handle.Harris had the hot hand the entire game, going for 37 points to set the tone in this series. Joel Embiid added 30 points while Ben Simmons chipped in playoff career-highs of 15 assists and 15 rebounds to overcome a 33-point performance from Bradley Beal.
Earlier in the quarter, the MVP finalist had a nasty fall after getting rejected at the rim by Robin Lopez.
The sequence that had Joel Embiid grabbing at his back:— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly)
Embiid's play has been a huge reason for the team's 3-0 series lead, especially his playoff career-high 36-point effort in the 132-103 Game 3 victory.
Stay tuned to this space for the latest updates on Embiid's injury.
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