76ers’ Embiid needs surgery on meniscus, out indefinitely

76ers’ Embiid needs surgery on meniscus, out indefinitely

Published on Monday, 2/5/24, at 1:13 p.m. Eastern.
Updated on Wednesday, 2/7/24, at 9:35 a.m. Eastern.

UPDATE: The 76ers announced late Tuesday that Embiid is likely to miss at least four weeks. 

The Philadelphia 76ers announced last night that reigning NBA MVP center Joel Embiid needs a procedure to repair an injury to his left meniscus. Although “the door isn’t closed” on a return this season, Embiid is expected to miss an indefinite period of time.

A timeline for his return can’t be accurately forecasted until after the surgery is performed.

The 29-year-old Embiid has been enjoying a career year, averaging 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.8 blocked shots and 1.1 steals per game. He’s buried 53.3 percent of his field-goal attempts, 36.6 percent of his 3-pointers and 88.3 percent of his free throws.

Embiid was on pace to join Wilt ‘The Stilt’ Chamberlain as the only other player in NBA history to average at least 35 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game in a season.

Embiid was injured last Tuesday in a loss to Golden St. when the Warriors’ Jonathan Kuminga fell on his knee in the fourth quarter.

Playing without Embiid at Utah last Thursday, Philadelphia (30-18 straight up, 29-19 against the spread) captured a 127-124 win over the Jazz as a 4.5-point road underdog. Tyrese Maxey scored 51 points to lead the 76ers to victory.

However, the 76ers lost 136-121 as 1.5-point home favorites Saturday vs. Brooklyn. They’ll return to the court tonight to host Dallas as 3.5-point home underdogs.

In addition to Embiid, Philadelphia will be without Nicolas Batum, Robert Covington, De’Anthony Melton and Kenny Lofton Jr. tonight. Tobias Harris, who averages 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 SPG, is listed as ‘questionable’ against the Mavericks, who have already announced that Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving will be available tonight.

Philadelphia goes into tonight’s action as the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers are one game behind the Knicks for the No. 4. seed, and they lead sixth-seeded Indiana by 3.5 games.