June 24, 2018

Sixers' NBA All-Star Taken To Hospital After Collision With Markelle Fultz

01 April 2018, 12:09 | Donald Newman

Report: Joel Embiid Taken to Hospital After Collision with Markelle Fultz

Embiid (facial contusion) sidelined by collision

ESPN's Zach Lowe reports that Embiid could return in two to four weeks.

Joel Embiid might already be the NBA's best center.

Therefore, when he collided with rookie Markelle Fultz on Wednesday night, the entire Sixers fanbase and the National Basketball Association community as a whole held their collective breaths as the big man hit the floor.

Despite initially appearing to escape a concussion, the 76ers later confirmed Embiid showed symptoms. Embiid averaged a tally of 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 blocks in his second National Basketball Association season.

In Embiid's absence, rookie sensation Ben Simmons will have to carry a bigger workload for the playoff-bound Philadelphia 76ers. Things got scary while I was out and about with my dad after the game when I saw Embiid post this on his Instagram story.

Embiid was wobbly heading off the court but the Sixers announced the big man suffered a simple facial contusion.

According to a statement released Thursday, Embiid was asymptomatic when checked for a concussion immediately after the injury and passed the NBA's concussion assessment.

With the Sixers notorious for playing it safe with their young, injury prone stars, it would come as no surprise if Embiid has played his final game of the 2017-18 regular season. On Sunday, the 76ers clinched their first playoff berth since 2012, and their surprisingly successful season has been fueled by Embiid's strong play.

The Sixers were scheduled to fly to Atlanta on Thursday afternoon for Friday's game against the Hawks at Phillips Arena.

"My heart dropped", Fultz said Wednesday of his collision with Embiid. "All I can do is pray for him".

The Sixers would go on to defeat the Knicks 118-101 to extend their winning streak to eight and keep hold of the fourth spot in the Easter Conference playoff picture.

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