76ers star taken to hospital after shot to head

ESPN's Zach Lowe reports that Embiid could return in two to four weeks.

Embiid went to the ground clutching his face on the way down.

Fultz was not injured on the play.

The 24-year-old initially passed concussion tests, but after he continued to experience symptoms, he was ultimately diagnosed and placed in the league's concussion protocol.

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

The collision occurred just 20 seconds into the second quarter when Markelle Fultz was trying to drive towards the hoop.

Embiid collapsed and was motionless on the court.

Embiid, jovial as always, took to social Thursday (Friday AEDT) to re-assure fans that he's already set his sights on returning to action for the playoffs (see below).

Embiid was wobbly heading off the court but the Sixers announced the big man suffered a simple facial contusion. Here's the latest on Joel Embiid's injury situation and whether he'll be able to play again soon for the Philadelphia 76ers. So the best case scenario would be for Embiid to get the surgery over the weekend and come back on the short end of the recovery timetable and then be ready for the playoffs with a mask.

Joel Embiid has been plagued by injuries throughout his career. "He's a tough guy". After the game, Fultz sent out prayers for his recovering teammate. The bad news is one of those playoff opponents is a showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 6 that could determine the third seed in the East. Philly is now sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 44-30, and they're just a half-game behind the third place Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • Steve Townsend