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Philadelphia 76ers could not close out the series vs. the Wizards, and Joel Embiid knee injury that occurred in the first quarter, was a huge factor in that.

The Sixers’ All-Star bigman was ruled out with knee soreness as his team fell to the Wizards, who avoided the series sweep.

(via Sports Illustrated)

“Obviously, it was the middle of the game, so I didn’t check,” Rivers said in regards to Embiid’s injury. “I just knew that he was out. I wasn’t even sure what it was — I think it was the knee or the back — I’m not even sure. I wish I could tell you guys [more], I really don’t know. I know they’ll probably do imaging tomorrow as precautionary, but I don’t know. We’ll find out tomorrow.” 

The Sixers do not have the luxury to lose Embiid, so a Game 4 win will seal the first round series vs. Washington, and will give Embiid a few extra days of rest.

The MVP candidate was having an excellent game until his exit scoring eight points with six rebounds, two assists and a steal in the first quarter.