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Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid possibly missing postseason would be crushing


The Sixers confirmed Thursday that Embiid has a concussion and an orbital fracture of his left eye.

While Embiid was injured during the collision, rookie guard Markelle Fultz came away unscathed.

Embiid is averaging 22.9 points and 11 rebounds per game this season.

Fultz was driving toward the basket 20 seconds into the second quarter when he collided with Embiid, who immediately went to the floor. Embiid fell to the court, then sat up before lying back down. Things got scary while I was out and about with my dad after the game when I saw Embiid post this on his Instagram story. He was ruled out for the rest of the game, though, and taken to a hospital, where more testing took place and revealed a much more concerning situation than the initial diagnosis of a "facial contusion".




Embiid lay on the court for several minutes, holding his face, before being helped off the court and escorted to the locker room, where, according to the 76ers, he "passed the NBA's locker room concussion assessment tool". Still, that's a drop from how well Philadelphia has been playing with Embiid.

There is no current timetable for his recovery. The bad news is one of those playoff opponents is a showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 6 that could determine the third seed in the East.

The Philadelphia 76ers have already clinched a playoff spot for the first time in seven years, but they'll have to play the next few weeks without star center Joel Embiid. However, his teammate's condition was on his mind as he gave comments about the in-game crash he was part of, and also tweeted out he was keeping him in his thoughts and prayers.

Embiid was released from the hospital Thursday but will not travel with the team to Atlanta for Friday's game against the Hawks, the Sixers said. "I'm anxious about him, but I believe he's OK".

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