Joel Embiid doubtful for Philadelphia 76ers’ NBA playoff Game 5 vs. Washington Wizards

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid is doubtful with right knee soreness for Game 5 against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

Embiid left Monday’s Game 4 in the first quarter after falling hard to court as he dribbled by Washington’s Robin Lopez and attempted a layup. Embiid missed the shot and remained on the ground. It looked like he landed hard on his tailbone/back. He checked out of the game and hobbled to the locker room. The Sixers said he would not return due to right knee soreness.

The Wizards won, 122-114, forcing a Game 5. Without Embiid, Wizards big men Daniel Gafford and Lopez controlled the paint, combining for 28 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks – five by Gafford.

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid winces after a hard fall against the Washington Wizards. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan, USA TODAY Sports)

Embiid will be missed. As he was during the regular season, he had been dominant through the first three games against Washington, averaging 29.3 points and shooting 67.4% from the field in just 28 minutes per game. He scored a playoff career-high 36 points in Philadelphia’s Game 3 victory.

Sixers coach Doc Rivers said on Monday that Embiid was scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday. The team did not practice on Tuesday.

“We’re going to need him to be the last team standing to win," Sixers guard Danny Green told reporters. “It doesn't mean we can't win the next game without him.”

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