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76ers' Joel Embiid will leave Thursday for a knee evaluation

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Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid will miss Thursday's game against the Utah Jazz and will receive further evaluation of his left knee in the next 24 hours, a team official told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Embiid is expected to return to Philadelphia and will not join the team in Utah, the official told Wojnarowski.

Embiid injured his left knee in the fourth quarter of the game, which the Golden State Warriors lost 119-107 on Tuesday evening.

The injury occurred with 4:04 left in the game as Embiid was teaming up with the Warriors' Jonathan Kuminga and Draymond Green. After Kuminga knocked the ball away from him, Embiid dropped to the ground to retrieve it, and Kuminga then fell to his knee.

Embiid grabbed the knee and was in obvious pain. He eventually got up and limped into the locker room and did not return to the game.

Embiid had missed the Sixers' previous two games due to knee soreness in the same knee.

He finished with 14 points on 5-of-18 shooting to go with 7 rebounds, 2 assists and a team-low net rating of -21.

Embiid also missed three games earlier in January due to swelling in his left knee. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that the injury is something Embiid and Philadelphia will have to deal with for the remainder of the season.

Embiid, the NBA's reigning MVP, could miss only five more games before becoming ineligible for postseason awards, including NBA All-Star Team and MVP honors, due to the league's new rule requiring at least… 65 matches to qualify.

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Information from ESPN's Kendra Andrews was used in this report.

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