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Joel Embiid clears concussion protocol, will miss Game 2 vs. Heat

16 April 2018

Dario Saric tallied 20 points and Ersan Ilyasova had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the third-seeded 76ers, who played without star center Joel Embiid (orbital fracture).

The Philadelphia 76ers didn't need Joel Embiid for Game 1 of their first round series against the Miami Heat on Saturday.

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

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

According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Embiid passed the NBA's concussion protocol, but remains out.

Embiid suffered an orbital bone fracture around his left eye in a March 28 collision with teammate Markelle Fultz and underwent surgery to fix the injury. "We gonna see how it feels in the next couple of days".

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Embiid, 24, was named to his first All-Star team this season and leads the Sixers in points (22.9) and rebounds (11) per game. And I feel great.

Without Embiid, the Sixers dominated the Heat in Game 1.

Goran Dragic, returning to the starting lineup after missing the final regular season game with a sore knee scored 15 points for Miami, while James Johnson finished with 13. He returned to action and scored a game-high 28 points in the 130-103 rout of the Heat.

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

Joel Embiid clears concussion protocol, will miss Game 2 vs. Heat