Embiid complained of discomfort in his right ankle after the team’s season-opening win against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. He has since been diagnosed with a sprained ankle.
Embiid also took an elbow to the mouth from Boston’s Jaylen Brown. That resulted in a cut lip requiring sutures. The team said Embiid had a “minor dental procedure” as a result of the play.
He tallied 15 points and 13 rebounds in the opener and is coming off a season in which he played a career-high 64 games.
With Embiid out, his rivalry with Pistons big man Andre Drummond will get a night off. Last season, the Sixers 7-footer claimed he “owns a lot of real estate” in Drummond’s head.