76ers Joel Embiid Clears Concussion Protocol, Remains out for Game 2

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Joel Embiid will not feature in Game 2 between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat on Monday, despite clearing the NBA's concussion protocol.

And if they take a commanding 2-0 series lead while potentially getting him back for Game 3?

Coach Brett Brown confirmed that Joel Embiid (orbital fracture) will not play Game 1 on Saturday vs. the Heat. Philadelphia went a flawless 8-0 during that stretch as part of its 16-game winning streak. Game 3 on this best of seven series is Thursday night in Miami. "And it's been determined that he shall not play Game 2 for that reason.". "But everything has been going well".

The trick with this matchup is that we will more than likely see someone else guarding Simmons. "The game is more then offense, there's different ways I Impact games, that's I been able to stick around this league". And I feel great. Philadelphia looks laser-focused in postseason play one game in.

Embiid has been wearing a mask for the past week as he recovers from surgery to fix the bone, cracked in a March 28 on-court collision with Markelle Fultz.

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. With Embiid's absence confirmed for Game 1, their bench bigs will have to make a concerted effort to contain Whiteside on the boards.

Philadelphia has handled Embiid's absence well.

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

In 74 games this season for Philadelphia, Johnson averaged 4.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 15.8 minutes per game.

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