Basketball: Phildalphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid suffering from Bell’s palsy | Africanews

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid turned in his personal best performance in the NBA playoffs on Thursday despite being diagnosed with Bell’s palsy.

Embiid said he has been dealing with the condition since Philadelphia’s win over the Miami Heat on April 17.

Bell’s palsy is a form of facial paralysis that affects the muscles on one side of the face.

“It’s been tough, but I’m not going to give up,” Embiid, who was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2023, said after Thursday’s game.

“I was dealing with migraines and I thought it was nothing. Normally I like to deal with it, but for some reason I had to tell someone,” Embiid said. “It’s unfortunate, that’s the way I see it. But it’s no excuse. Gotta keep trying.”

Regarding the timeline of his recovery, the player said he doesn’t know when he will get the all-clear.

“It really hasn’t necessarily gotten better,” he said. “The conversations I have had may take weeks, may even take months.

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Embiid pushed the pain aside and embraced the pressure as he vowed that the 76ers are “going to win this series” against the New York Knicks.

He shot 13 of 19 from the field and 19 of 21 from the free-throw line, scoring 50 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 125–114 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round series.

The Cameroonian-American star kept his composure for the most part and was in the mix on both ends of the court throughout the game.

The player was whistled for a flagrant foul after grabbing Mitchell Robinson and dragging him to the court in the first half.

Robinson sprained his left ankle and walked off the field wearing a boot.

“I had no intention of hurting anyone,” Embiid said. “In those situations, I have to protect myself.”