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76ers: Update on Joel Embiid’s injury

76ers: Update on Joel Embiid’s injury

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  • 76ers
May 05
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The Philadelphia 76ers are now down 2-0 to the Miami Heat in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. The big issue right now is whether star center Joel Embiid can return in time to save their fortunes.

The 28-year-old center suffered an orbital fracture and concussion after Game 6 of the first round against the Toronto Raptors last Thursday. He scored 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in that game.

There Is Hope

Meanwhile, John Clark of NBCS reported that Embiid is “progressing well” and “there is real hope” for him to come back to the court on Friday night. “Joel would be playing through pain with orbital fracture and torn ligament in his thumb,” Clark said. “No one can ever question Joel’s toughness.”

"We talked Tuesday, and we talked Wednesday, He looked good, as far as talking. But he's got so many steps to go through, and I don't think he's cleared any of them right now. So we just have to wait and see."

- Doc Rivers

76ers Do Not Play Well Without Embiid

With Embiid hospitalized, the 76ers have been having trouble playing defense and catching up with Miami’s play. The Sixers lost a blowout against Heat in Game 1 and by double digits in Game 2 on Wednesday (final score 119-103). With Embiid out for the past two games, the responsibility fell on James Harden to keep the Sixers afloat. Unfortunately, he failed to do so.

"We're a team that's confident in what we can do, but we have to execute,"

- Tobias Harris

Ready Fore War?

Game 3 is scheduled for Friday night at 7 p.m. ET. The next two games, 3 and 4, will be played at the Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia. Regardless of what’s going on with Harden, the Sixers don’t have much time to figure things out. The team could be swept 4-0 if they cannot get a handle on the situation soon. Embiid should be available for Game 4. Even if he’s not 100 percent, his presence alone should give Philly a major boost.

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