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76ers' Joel Embiid discusses getting treatment for Bell's Palsy during the NBA playoffs

76ers' Joel Embiid discusses getting treatment for Bell's Palsy during the NBA playoffs

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is dealing with a Bell's palsy condition, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports:

Embiid discussed the situation after Thursday's win over the New York Knicks:

The center played every playoff game despite the issue, including Thursday when he scored 50 points in 41 minutes in a 125-114 win.

The NBA MVP is averaging 34.7 points, 11.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game this season.

He was tied to it infection to the lateral meniscus in his left knee that sidelined the seven-time All-Star from Jan. 30 to April 2, when he returned against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Despite missing more than two months and clearly dealing with a knee ailment, Embiid is still dominant. In his final five regular-season games, Embiid averaged 30.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.

In three postseason contests against the Knicks, Embiid scored 37.7 points in 39.0 minutes along with 8.7 rebounds and 5.3 dimes.

Given everything it's endured coupled with the latest news, this has been nothing short of an impressive run for Embiid, who is carrying his team while pushing himself through serious health issues on the game's biggest stage.

Embiid and the 76ers are down two games to one in the best-of-seven series after winning Game 3. Game 4 will be played Sunday in Philadelphia at 1 p.m. ET.

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