Two NBA stars, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, are out with knee injuries. Kevin Durant hyper-extended his left knee on Monday and Joel Embiid’s MRI showed a meniscus tear in his left leg had gotten worse than it had already been. The 76ers have been going downhill in the past couple of weeks, ruling Ben Simmons out for the rest of the season, and now Embiid will be out for the rest of the season. Durant will be out for the next four weeks, at least. Embiid was on track to win Rookie of the Year by a landslide, but it will be surprising for him even to be nominated after he only played in 31 games. He still averaged 20.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG, and 2.5 BPG in only 25.4 MPG. Durant, in his first season with the Warriors, was averaging 25.3 PPG in 59 games. He was also averaging 1.6 BPG and 7.8 RPG in 33.6 PPG. Durant was averaging the most blocks in his career, but if anything good comes out of this for him, it is that this raises the chance of him averaging more than 20 PPG, which he has done in every year in the NBA.
KD’s injury will probably not affect the Warriors by a lot, but Embiid’s injury derails any hopes of the playoffs for the 76ers.