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Embiid says 'pretty good chance' he's back by Game 2 or 3

16 April 2018

The Philadelphia Sixers announced on Sunday at Joel Embiid will not be available for their next playoff game against the Miami Heat.

Embiid has been out since March 28 when he suffered a concussion and a fractured orbital bone when he collided with teammate Markelle Fultz after going for a loose ball in a 118-101 win over the New York Knicks.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that all Embiid had to do to clear concussion protocol was prove he could withstand contact.

And if they take a commanding 2-0 series lead while potentially getting him back for Game 3? "Unless something remarkable happens, Dan, I don't plan on him playing in Game 1". And they are now on a 17-game winning streak, with nine of them coming without Embiid on the court. That contest is Thursday at Miami. He and Milwaukee Bucks All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo were the league's only players to average 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in a minimum of 50 games played. I've been able to do everything. "We're gonna see how it feels in the next couple of days".

While the Heat will surely need to play better in order to have a chance in this series, they should hold off on pushing the panic button.

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When Embiid does return he will wear a mask to protect his face from aggravating the injury.

The 76ers' veteran sharpshooter JJ Redick found himself on the receiving end of multiple blasts from the 21-year-old Australian rookie in the lead-up to Saturday's 130-103 win in Philadelphia.

Nov 21, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid fakes his shot against Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside.

Overall, Philadelphia has won 17 consecutive games.

Embiid says 'pretty good chance' he's back by Game 2 or 3