76ers’ Embiid hurt by teammate
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia center Joel Embiid left in the second quarter of the 76ers’ game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday after a nasty collision with teammate Markelle Fultz.
Embiid was ruled out for the rest of the game with a facial contusion. The 76ers said the All-Star center went through concussion protocol but did not have a concussion.
He finished with five points and three rebounds in eight minutes as the 76ers won, 118-101.
Fultz was driving toward the basket 20 seconds into the period when he appeared to accidentally head-butt Embiid. The 7-footer immediately went to the floor. He remained on the floor for several minutes before finally being assisted by Philadelphia’s trainer. Embiid sat up once before lying back down on the court. Eventually, he was helped off the court.
Fultz was not injured on the play.
n Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has entered the NBA’s concussion protocol after being elbowed in the face. He was struck by Miami’s Jordan Mickey during Tuesday night’s 98-79 loss to the Heat. He briefly returned to the floor, but experienced concussion-like symptoms at halftime. The Cavs’ All-Star did not play in Wednesday night’s win over Charlotte.
n Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas will have arthroscopic surgery on his right hip, ending his season. The Lakers announced the decision Wednesday before their game against Dallas. Los Angeles (32-41) already is eliminated from playoff contention for the franchise-record fifth consecutive season. Thomas averaged 15.6 points and 5.0 assists in 17 games with the Lakers, who acquired him from Cleveland in February. His hip problems also limited him to just 15 appearances with the Cavaliers. Thomas will have surgery today. The procedure typically requires months of rehabilitation.
The Associated Press