NBA: Sixers big man Embiid ruled out for Thunder grudge match

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Feb 27 2019 07:56 AM

Joel Embiid and Russell Westbrook won't be exchanging glares on Thursday night, as the Philadelphia 76ers said Tuesday that Embiid will miss Thursday's road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to a knee injury.

The contest will mark the fourth straight Embiid will miss due to the sore left knee. The team said Embiid has not yet been re-evaluated. The possibility looms that Embiid could also miss Saturday's home game against the Golden State Warriors.

Embiid began experiencing difficulties prior to the All-Star break and was initially forecasted to miss a week. An MRI exam was negative.

The 24-year-old is averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in 54 games this season.

Embiid and Westbrook exchanged words when the Thunder defeated the 76ers 117-115 in Philadelphia on Jan. 19 after Westbrook took exception to a hard foul. Westbrook wasn't interested in smoothing things over when the two were in Charlotte during All-Star weekend.

Also, 76ers backup center Boban Marjanovic will miss Thursday's contest after injuring his right knee during Tuesday's 111-110 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Marjanovic will be re-evaluated in five to seven days, according to the club.

Marjanovic is averaging 7.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 43 games this year.

The team will also be without guard Furkan Korkmaz for at least four weeks after he underwent right knee surgery to repair a meniscus tear on Tuesday. Korkmaz was injured on Feb. 12 against the Boston Celtics.

Korkmaz is averaging 5.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 46 contests.

--Field Level Media

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