On Wednesday, the Philadelphia 76ers announced that All-Star center Joel Embiid will be out for at least a week with left knee soreness, while guard Furkan Korkmaz will be out indefinitely with a meniscus tear.
Sixers coach Brett Brown told reporters following Wednesday’s practice at the team’s Camden, New Jersey, facility: “evidently, it reached a stage where [Embiid] just felt uncomfortable with it. So he had an MRI on it; there’s a little bit of tendinitis. It’s stuff that, I think, is quite common, actually.”
Embiid, 24, missed all of the first two seasons of his career because of injuries, and then he missed 51 games in his third year — which, technically, became his rookie season. Embiid has played 54 of Philadelphia’s 58 games so far this year, averaging career highs in points (27.3), rebounds (13.5), assists (3.5), minutes (33.7) and free throw percentage (81.1).
Meanwhile, the team hasn’t said officially that Korkmaz would be having surgery, but his loss is huge considering he is averaging 5.8 points per game and shooting 33 percent from 3-point range.
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