Joel Embiid. Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Apr 25, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) dribbles against the New York Knicks during the second half of game three of the first round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid has dealt with plenty of injuries and ailments throughout his career. But reports suggest that he has been suffering through an issue rarely seen in the NBA. Bell’s palsy.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Thursday that Embiid has been dealing with Bell’s palsy since the Play-In Tournament.

“ESPN Sources: Sixers star Joel Embiid has been treated for a mild case of Bell’s palsy for the past week,” Wojnarowski shared on Twitter/X. “The condition began during the play-in victory over Miami but he has wanted to keep it private to avoid distractions for his team.”

Embiid’s unusual facial expressions had been noticed by NBA fans in the early part of the series against the New York Knicks. This potentially answers those questions.

Embiid confirmed the diagnosis after Thursday’s game against the Knicks.

This makes Embiid’s already fantastic game on Thursday night look even better.

Embiid scored 50 points in Game 3 of Philadelphia’s series against the Knicks, helping lead the 76ers to a much-needed 125-114 win and getting back in the series.

[Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter/X]

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