Philadelphia 76ers Handed Another Blow as Star Joel Embiid Set to Miss Several Games

Published 11/08/2021, 2:59 PM EST
Nov 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


In a huge blow to their confidence, the Philadelphia 76ers are likely to lose out on leader Joel Embiid. According to reports, the 27-year-old has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols. The Cameroonian was on a rich vein of form, but could miss numerous games owing to the unknown reason.

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Despite a brilliant start, Embiid’s absence will affect the team in a big manner. The 76ers have kicked off their campaign with an 8-2 start, and are on top of the EC table, just as the last year. A large chunk of this success has come due to the efforts of Embiid, who has averaged nearly 22 points thus far.

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After a turbulent end to their postseason last year, the center had to shoulder much of the responsibilities. Additionally, the side also lost Ben Simmons, following miscommunications with Embiid and the management. Yet, the #21 hasn’t let any of this affect him. But now, an unfortunate circumstance may mar his campaign.

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Joel Embiid enters NBA health and safety protocols

Owing to the current pandemic situation around the world, the NBA has a health and safety protocol set in place. The unit tends to all those with uncalled for injuries or illnesses. So far, the likes of Khris Middleton and Tobias Harris have already entered the protocol. And in the latest addition, Sixers marquee Joel Embiid is the inclusion to this list.

Oct 28, 2021; Joel Embiid reacts after being called for a technical foul against the Detroit Pistons at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

As reported by Shams Charania, Embiid has entered the protocol with immediate effect. Ten games into the season, the powerhouse had no fitness issues. It all happened suddenly, as the 4-time All-star was scheduled for a rest. But now, sources have told The Athletic and Stadium that The Process could potentially miss several games due to his entrance into the protocol. In all likelihood, he may return towards the end of the month.

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Joel Embiid’s exit throws some major question marks for Doc Rivers. The 76ers will have to work their way through this difficulty, if they are to escape this pickle. Can they surge ahead and continue on their merry ways? Or will Embiid’s absence prove to be the chink in their armor? Only time will tell.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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