Sixers finish off Wizards without injured Joel Embiid, leaving second-round status uncertain

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers closed out their first-round playoff series with a 129-112 Game 5 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at the festive, filled-to-capacity Wells Fargo Center, earning them a trip to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

For the joint to continue jumping in the postseason, it comes down to when the Sixers’ franchise cornerstone will be able to play again.

Star center Joel Embiid was out after the team announced earlier in the day that orthopedic surgeons reviewed Tuesday’s MRI on his right knee and found a small lateral meniscus tear.

No surgery is planned and the injury will be addressed with physical therapy and treatment, according to the team. Embiid is listed as day-to-day.

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What that means for the Sixers going forward is unclear.

Prior to Wednesday’s game, coach Doc Rivers said he didn’t know if Embiid would be able to play in the second round.


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