Philadelphia center Joel Embiid will require surgery to fix an orbital fracture on his left eye, the 76ers announced Thursday afternoon.
Embiid suffered a concussion early in the second quarter on Wednesday night against the Knicks after colliding with Markelle Fultz.
Embiid was diagnosed with a concussion and put into concussion protocol, and later underwent a CT scan at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, which is when doctors noticed the orbital fracture in his left eye.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe is reporting that Embiid will likely miss two to four weeks recovering from the surgery, which could impact the 76ers in the postseason.
Pending the results of surgery, Embiid could return to play in 2-4 weeks, per league source. First round obviously in some jeopardy.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) March 30, 2018
“I guess I gotta trust “The Process” that I’ve been preaching,” Embiid wrote on Twitter Thursday night. “Unfortunate freak accident but I’ll be more than fine.”
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) March 30, 2018
Embiid is averaging 22.9 points and 11 rebounds per game this season. Philadelphia currently holds the fourth-seed in the Eastern Conference.
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