Philadelphia 76ers' center, Boban Marjanovic, had to be saved from the field after suffering a knee injury late Monday night in the 111-110 win over the New Orleans pelicans.
Marjanovic collected 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in under 22 minutes to help fill the void at the center created by the absence of 7-foot star player Joel Embiid, who has missed all three Philadelphia games since the star game. Pause.
But Marjanovic's right leg is tangled between the pelicans Cheick Diallo's legs and both players crashed into the field after attempting a rebound after a little more than a minute. Marjanovic needed help to leave the field and later used crutches to take the team bus.
Shortly after Sixers coach Brett Brown met Marjanovic in the coaching hall, a spokesman for the team said the injury would be assessed in more detail on Tuesday, when planning an MRI.
"It was hard to see him fall and hurt, so I pray that everything goes well for him and that we can recover it quickly," said Tobias Harris. "He did an amazing job there when he was playing."
Philadelphia nearly lost a 10-point lead after Jimmy Butler's 12-foot jumper raised the score to 110-100 with time remaining at 2:48. The Sixers missed five shots and three of four free throws, including two missed by Jonathon Simmons 9 seconds from the end, giving Pelicans a chance to win with any type of goal on their court. last possession.
"Right now, my head is completely with Boban, to be honest," said Brown, questioned that his team was almost lost. "So no matter how disappointed I was, I do not feel that much anymore, we won the game and I really think about it."
Ben Simmons echoed this sentiment when he was asked to summarize the night.
"We wanted to win, we won, we're happy to win, a teammate was injured, it's sad to see one of his teammates fall," he said.
Marjanovic was acquired on Feb. 6 as part of a deal with the Los Clippers, who also sent Harris to Philadelphia. The 7-foot-3 reserve is averaging 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds this season.
Associated Press contributed to this report.