76ers star centre Joel Embiid placed into NBA’s concussion protocol

Watch as Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid is injured during some friendly fire with teammate Markelle Fultz.

Philadelphia 76ers star centre Joel Embiid has been diagnosed with a concussion and has been placed into the NBA’s concussion protocol, the team announced Thursday.

Additionally, it was revealed Embiid had also suffered an orbital fracture of his left eye and will require surgery.

Embiid suffered the injury early in the second quarter of Philadelphia’s Wednesday-night tilt with the New York Knicks when teammate Markelle Fultz accidentally drove his shoulder into Embiid’s head trying to collect a dribble hand-off from the Philly centre. Embiid appeared to bobble the ball resulting in him lowering his head trying to recover it right as Fultz came at him at full-speed, resulting in Embiid collapsing to the ground in a heap while clutching his face.

The seven-footer left the game with the help of some trainers and didn’t return.

Named an all-star for the first time this season, Embiid leads a hot 76ers team — winners of eight games straight — that’s currently fourth in the Eastern Conference with averages of 22.9 points, 11 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.

Philadelphia has just eight games left in its regular season with the playoffs beginning April 14. There’s been no word about Embiid’s timeline yet.

After a career start that saw him relegated to the sidelines with various injuries more often than not, it had appeared the injury bug had finally decided to leave Embiid alone this season as he has appeared in 63 of Philadelphia’s 74 games this season.

Fultz, the 2017 first-overall pick, being the player who inadvertently took out Embiid is ironic as he just returned to the 76ers Monday after a lengthy period out of the lineup himself.

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