Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Joel Embiid: Will remain out for Game 2

Joel Embiid: Will remain out for Game 2

The Philadelphia 76ers made their return to the NBA Playoffs and got off to a rocking start, defeating the Miami Heat 130-103 in Game 1. He was superb as the Sixers' leader on the floor, commanding a second half surge that put Philadelphia in the driver's seat for good.

The team was without Joel Embiid, who's been out with a facial contusion for a couple of weeks.

Embiid had told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne prior to Saturday night's playoff opener that he was optimistic about playing in Game 2 or 3. Philadelphia looks laser-focused in postseason play one game in. He collided with teammate Markelle Fultz while going after a ball.

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Additionally, guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will sit out the game with patellar tendinitis in his right knee.

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Embiid was a spectator in Game 1 of the first-round series because of a broken orbital bone around his left eye.

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Joel Embiid's return will have to wait until Friday (AEST) at the earliest.

Embiid, who averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 63 regular-season games, missed the final eight games of the regular season and Saturday's Game 1 blowout win over the Heat with the injury. And the fact that we won Game 1 also doesn't influence it. And I feel great.

After Game 2 on Monday, the Sixers plan to practice in Philadelphia on Tuesday and travel to Miami on Wednesday.

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