76ers’ Joel Embiid and Boban Marjanovic Won’t Play Against OKC

Joel Embiid during a Celtics vs. 76ers game
Joel Embiid during a 76ers game. Photo by Rob Sambles/Frozen in Motion/REX/Shutterstock

Philadelphia 76ers will have a big problem at the center position when they face Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. The team announced that both starting center Joel Embiid and backup Boban Marjanovic are ruled out for that game.

Embiid is still struggling with a sore left knee and is expected to be reevaluated prior to Saturday’s game against the Golden State Warriors. The 24-year-old hasn’t played a single game since the All-Star break.

Marjonovic, on the other hand, injured his knee in Monday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans and was diagnosed with a bone bruise and mild sprain. The injury shouldn’t be a worrying one, since Philadelphia’s coach Brett Brown said that MRI scan the 30-year-old recently underwent, provided him with “a sigh of relief given what my gut feel was.”

This is tough news for Philadelphia 76ers, especially since Joel Embiid has been the their best player this season. Embiid played 54 games this season, and currently averages 27.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

Boban Marjanovic, who spent the first part of the season with Los Angeles Clippers, played seven games with Philadelphia during which he averaged 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.