The complexion of the Eastern Conference playoffs has been altered significantly with the news that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is out indefinitely after suffering a right orbital fracture and mild concussion in the team’s 132-97 series-clinching Game 6 win over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night, according to Shams Charania.
Even if Embiid, who was already playing through a torn ligament in his right thumb that reportedly will require surgery this offseason, decides to play through the orbital fracture, he has to sit, at a minimum, five days for the concussion, which he sustained Thursday. That would put him out for at least Game 1 of Philly’s second-round series vs. the top-seeded Miami Heat on Monday.
Embiid will be re-evaluated next week, but the good news is there has been no indication the orbital fracture, which is on his right side, will require surgery, per ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. Embiid suffered a left orbital fracture in 2018, which did require surgery. Again, this leaves the door open for Embiid to perhaps play through the fracture if he indeed clears concussion protocol at some point.
An MVP candidate for the second straight season, Embiid suffered the injury after being elbowed by Raptors forward Pascal Siakam with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Embiid is obviously crucial to any potential success for Philadelphia this postseason, leading the team with averages of 26.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. The bulk of the offensive responsibility will fall to James Harden, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris for as long as Embiid is out.
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