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Joel Embiid Injured Again: Philadelphia 76ers Are The League’s Unluckiest Team

The Philadelphia 76ers are in a world of trouble – again. Rookie of the Year favorite Joel Embiid has been shelved, following a knee injury. He had temporarily tried to work around and play through some pain in his knee. Unfortunately, the damage seems done. The team is listing him out indefinitely.

This announcement comes just days after the announcement that Ben Simmons would be sidelined for the season’s remainder. A Jones fracture in his right foot forced the 2016 number 1 draft pick to miss the start of the season. He was initially pegged by many for a post-All Star break debut. Unfortunately, it’s been confirmed that he won’t be seeing the hard court until the 2017-18 season. That’s a fate that Joel Embiid himself is all too familiar with, having missed his first two seasons himself.

The Injury

Joel Embiid’s injury came during the 76ers Jan. 20 home game against the Portland Trailblazers. Halfway through the third quarter, Embiid had the ball on the perimeter. He dashed to the basket, rose for a dunk, but then landed awkwardly, rolling backward and clutching his leg. The rook managed to get up and limp off the court on his own, and the injury was initially diagnosed as a left knee contusion.

He would then miss the next three games, come back for one game against Houston, and then miss another 16 games. The medical update from the team on Monday then confirmed that swelling had forced him to sit out the team’s shootaround. An MRI will give a better idea on what the issue might be.

The Philadelpha 76ers: Unluckiest Team Ever

It seems like every time a bright spot reveals itself in the Sixers’ future, some unfortunate stroke dashes it out. When Joel Embiid was drafted, he was injured.

Then Ben Simmons, looking like he could make an impact and turn around a floundering franchise, was also injured shortly after being drafted.

When Embiid finally took the floor this year, he started putting up incredible numbers. With 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounding, and 2.1 assists – in his rookie season, by the way – he’s already started drawing comparisons to Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain. He also came really close to an All Star Game appearance, though his chances were hampered by his team’s lackluster record. The Philadelphia 76ers are 22-37 right now.

The Process getting injured must have Philadelphia 76ers fans tossing their hands in the air in exasperation.

There’s still a bright future here for this young team – especially since we haven’t seen both Simmons and Embiid on the floor together. But there’s a lot of patching up to do before they get there.

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