Joel Embiid struggling with knee injury

The Philadelphia 76ers have confirmed Joel Embiid is set for a period on the sidelines with a left knee injury.

Embiid has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Miami Heat as a precaution after experiencing soreness in the joint, the team announced Wednesday.

The 24-year-old had an MRI exam after the All-Star break, though it revealed no structural damage. He is set to undergo physical therapy treatment and will be re-evaluated in one week.

Sixers coach Brett Brown said after the MRI the team thinks Embiid is battling a little bit of tendonitis and that taking some time off during the All-Star Break might have caused the flare up.

Although he previously battled left knee soreness before this season, Embiid appeared to be alright while participating in the NBA All-Star Game over the weekend, logging 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in 23 minutes of playing time.

Embiid is averaging career-highs in several categories this season, including points (27.3 per game), rebounds (13.5) and free throw percentage (.811).

The Sixers (37-21) sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, with the Heat slated to visit on Thursday.

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