Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid left their 122-114 loss to the Washington Wizards on Monday night with knee soreness, the team announced.
Embiid landed hard on his tailbone in the opening quarter of the Game 4 matchup at Capital One Arena in Washington.
76ers coach Doc Rivers did not have an update after the game, but said that Embiid will likely get an MRI on Tuesday.
"I just knew that he was out," Rivers said, via the Buck County Courier Times' Tom Moore. "I wasn't sure if it was the knee or the back."
Embiid leaves game early after hard fall
Embiid tried to throw down a dunk midway through the first quarter, but was blocked at the rim by Wizards center Robin Lopez — which sent Embiid to the court landing hard on his back.
He stood up quickly, but was clearly in pain as he walked slowly over to the bench for a timeout.
Embiid stayed in the game after that, but he then left the court a few minutes later for the locker room, and ended up missing the entire second quarter before the team ruled him out the rest of the way.
He finished with eight points and six rebounds.
Embiid's right knee did buckle slightly when he landed, but his tailbone took the brunt of the fall. That's the area he was reaching for when he stood up and walked to the bench, too. Specific details about his injury are not yet known.
Embiid did miss significant time earlier this season with a bone bruise in his knee, but that was in his left knee.
The 27-year-old has averaged 29.3 points and seven rebounds so far this postseason, and helped Philadelphia secure a 3-0 series lead headed into Monday night.
Game 5 of the series is set for Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
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