LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid left Sunday night’s game against Portland Trail Blazers in the first half with a left ankle injury and was unable to return.
Embiid appeared to have hit his left ankle on the stanchion below the basket mid-first half. After the media wait at 6:18 to begin in the match, Embiid slowly walked over to the Philadelphia bench, and took the assistant coach seat next to the goal. He seemed a bit hurt, grabbed his left foot and grimaced as he was looked at by the team coaching staff.
Then he walked around and talked to the players and staff, including assistant coach Ime Udoka, and initially he went and took his seat in the back row of the bench. by Philadelphia. However, almost as soon as he sat down, he got up and walked out of the bench area and returned to the changing room.
Then, at the end of the second quarter, he was eliminated for the remainder of the game. Embiid returned to the bench in the third quarter.
Embiid got two points by shooting 1 to 6 and four rebounds in 5:42 before he left the game.