Joel Embiid to remain sidelined for Game 2

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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. He wasn't cleared for contact activities until Saturday.

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. He was expected to miss 2-4 weeks, meaning he could return close to the beginning of the playoffs or after the first round. Philadelphia looks laser-focused in postseason play one game in. Philadelphia outscored Miami by 31 points in the second half of its 130-103 win, using a number of small-ball lineups after halftime.

No exact timetable was given for his return, but Embiid will wear a protective mask when he returns to the court. I've been able to do everything.

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.

"I feel fine", Redick said.


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

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

Philadelphia has handled Embiid's absence well.

Toronto entered having lost an NBA-worst 10 consecutive Game 1s since, including six at home. The 76ers finished the regular season on a 16-game winning streak despite his absence.

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