Philadelphia’s attempt to sweep Washington out of the first round was forced to conclude without its best player. Joel Embiid was ruled out of Game 4 due to right knee soreness after playing just over 11 minutes. He suffered a hard fall in that span when Robin Lopez blocked his shot at the rim, leaving the Kia MVP finalist grimacing on the floor.
Embiid played another four minutes before exiting for good, finishing with eight points, six rebounds, and one steal.
The All-Star big man had been nearly unstoppable through the first three games against the Wizards, averaging 29.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.0 steals while shooting a scalding 67.4% overall and 54.5% from 3-point range.
Joel Embiid – right knee soreness – will not return.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) June 1, 2021
Through those first three games, all Philadelphia wins, the 76ers were outscored by seven points over the 60 total minutes Embiid did not play.
The winner of the Sixers-Wizards series will play the winner of the Knicks-Hawks series in the Eastern Conference semifinals.