Superstar centre Joel Embiid suffered a left shoulder injury against the Cleveland Cavaliers last night and left the game after just seven minutes of playing time. The Philadelphia 76ers eventually went on to lose the game as their treacherous road record continues. Embiid is averaging 23.3 points and 11.8 rebounds while shooting over 47% from the field.
Joel Embiid left the 76ers game against the Cavaliers for the locker room after a shoulder injury, only to return to the bench and then exit for the locker room again. Now he’s ruled out with a left shoulder sprain.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 27, 2020
Philadelphia 76ers Injury Woes
With Ben Simmons set for a considerable spell on the sidelines, the 76ers will be hoping it’s nothing too damaging with Embiid and will be hoping for the centre to lead the franchise and secure a homecourt advantage for the playoffs.
Philly’s struggles on the road have been apparent all season long and continue to haunt them while their home record which reads 27-2 has been near perfect this season. They have been blowing teams away in front of their fans but succumb to losses against the bottom teams in both the conferences.
The supporting cast needs to step up
In case the worse were to happen and Embiid misses multiple games to this injury, the Sixers will have to lean on their supporting cast to pick up the slack.
The Philadelphia 76ers needed Shake Milton and Furkan Korkmaz to step against the Cavaliers as Tobias Harris’ and Al Horford’s struggles continued in Cleveland. Alec Burks contributed from the bench by dropping 13 points in 17 minutes. The 76ers ended up losing the game 108-94
This cannot happen in the upcoming games as it will lead to blowout losses. Without a superstar leading them on the court, Al Horford will need to step up as the leader. We know he can lead the team. He led the young Boston Celtics without Kyrie and Hayward to the Conference finals. This is where his vast experience will come in handy.
Tobias Harris is another key piece to the puzzle. In the absence of the two stars, there will be a lack of scoring options on the floor. He will have to take up the mantle to lead the team in scoring. He has already proved in his season with the Clippers that he can be a number one scoring option on a team. Harris will have plenty of space and chances to play the game his way and lead the team to victory.