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Embiid Clears Concussion Protocol, Won't Play Game 2

16 April, 2018, 02:15 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • With the home crowd united by more than just a souvenir T-shirt Saturday night the Wells Fargo Center faithful watched the Sixers notch their 26 win in the last 27 home games in Game 1 against the Miami Heat

After missing each of his first two National Basketball Association seasons due to injury and being limited to 31 games in 2016-17, Embiid played a career-high 63 games this season.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was ruled out for the Sixers' playoff opener against the Miami Heat on Saturday.

Monday's game is at 8 p.m. ET.

No exact timetable was given for his return, but Embiid will wear a protective mask when he returns to the court.

Joel Embiid hasn't played since March 28 when he suffered a broken bone around his left eye in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. Game 3 is Thursday night in Miami.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that all Embiid had to do to clear concussion protocol was prove he could withstand contact. The 76ers finished the regular season on a 16-game winning streak despite his absence.

Belinelli scored 25 with four 3s; Ilyasova went for 17 points and 14 rebounds and was the catalyst as Philly started taking over the game, Dario Saric chipped in 20 points and four 3s of his own, and Simmons went for 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds while getting his first taste of the postseason.

Embiid's presence made the Sixers a better defensive team. And I feel great.

"Sixers head coach Brett Brown appeared on NBCSN's Dan Patrick Show (h/t NBC Sports Philadelphia) on Friday and said: "[Embiid] will not play in Game 1.

Toronto entered having lost an NBA-worst 10 consecutive Game 1s since, including six at home.

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