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

16 April 2018, 02:12 | Nina Mathis

Did Joel Embiid predict the Sixers path to the NBA Finals on Instagram

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

The 76ers' Joel Embiid has cleared the NBA's concussion protocol, but will remain out for Game 2 of the team's Round 1 playoff series against the Heat, the team announced Sunday.

Embiid is still recovering from an orbital bone fracture in his left eye suffered March 28, though he has since been fitted with a protective facemask and practiced with the Sixers on a limited basis.

The 7-footer wore the mask during pregame shooting drills and would need one in the postseason.

Game 2 is Monday night at 8 p.m.

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The timetable for his return is still unclear. Game 3 is Thursday in Miami.

The All-Star big man averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 blocks during those contests. And I feel great. "We gonna see how it feels in the next couple of days".

Veteran Amir Johnson will likely start in place of the injured Embiid in Game 1 of the Sixers' first-round playoff series.

The Sixers, who set an National Basketball Association record with 16 straight wins to end the season, got the rout in full swing with a raucous crowd behind them. Philadelphia outscored Miami by 31 points in the second half of its 130-103 win, using a number of small-ball lineups after halftime.

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



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