A number of unforeseen incidents can lead to an NBA team virtually getting their season ended. Top of the list are injuries, with the NBA having seen a number of stars getting injured for their teams just when it mattered the most. With the Covid-era NBA taking place very differently, with a jam-packed schedule and minimum breaks, a number of players were unfortunately injured in the 2021 NBA playoffs.

2021 NBA Playoffs: 5 All-Stars who missed games due to injuries

Apart from All-Stars, a number of players who were not selected for the All-Star team this year also saw their teams crash out after missing the playoffs. This includes the likes of Anthony Davis and Jamal Murray, whose teams were knocked out in round 1. They might have made it to the conference semifinals had they played. Elsewhere, the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul will miss the upcoming playoff matches for different reasons. Regardless, the following article focusses on NBA stars who have already missed at least 1 game.

#5 Joel Embiid

It is no secret that Joel Embiid is playing through a slight tear in his lateral meniscus in his right knee. Embiid’s Philadelphia 76ers’ blazed past the Washington Wizards in round 1 4-1, and the big man has also played through pain against the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three