Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will miss at least the next two games with a foot injury, while Portland point guard Damian Lillard will be out one to two weeks with a calf injury.
The NBA has resumed for a little over a month, and the organizations are starting to suffer, each team having already played between 15 and 18 games. On the side of Philadelphia (8th in the East), while James Harden and Tyrese Maxey, affected in the foot, will miss another two and four weeks of competition respectively, it is this time Joel Embiid, the superstar of the franchise, who box. The 28-year-old American-French-Cameroonian pivot also suffers from his foot (the left) and will miss at least two games: the one against Brooklyn on Tuesday and the one in Charlotte on Wednesday.
Embiid will therefore not be there for the reunion with Ben Simmons, who has been shining with the Nets for a few games, and who is promised a hot return to the 76ers floor., who drafted him in 2016 as No. 1 before trading him against James Harden last February. These two games promise to be very difficult for Philadelphia, as Joel Embiid has had an excellent start to the season, averaging 32.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists, including a peak of 59 points against Utah a year ago. eight days. The franchise will next face Orlando twice in Florida, Friday and Sunday. With or without Embiid? We will know soon…
No road trip to the East for Lillard
Portland will also be deprived of its best player for a few games. Damian Lillard, the star point guard of the Blazers, third in the Western Conference, suffers from the right calf and will be out one to two weeks. A relapse for the one who has 26.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7 assists since the start of the season and who has already missed five games with an injury to the same leg. Damian Lillard (32) will miss the Blazers’ road trip east to Milwaukee, Cleveland, New York and Brooklyn, and possibly games against the Clippers, Lakers, Utah and Indiana next week .