NBA Playoffs 2018: Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid to miss Game 2 vs. Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid in action prior to the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
The Philadelphia 76ers will have to wait a little bit longer for star center Joel Embiid’s playoff debut.
The team announced Sunday that Embiid will miss Game 2 on Monday of its opening round series against the Miami Heat as he continues to recover from the orbital bone fracture around his left eye.
The Sixers also announced that Embiid has cleared the NBA’s concussion protocol.
Joel Embiid (orbital bone fracture, left eye) is out for tomorrow’s game vs Miami. Has cleared NBA’s concussion protocol. Further updates will be provided as appropriate.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (right knee patellar tendinitis) is out for tomorrow’s game vs Miami
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 15, 2018
Embiid suffered the injuries in March 28 when he collided with teammate Markelle Fultz in a win over the New York Knicks. He had surgery a couple days after the injury, and he has been out since. Before the Sixers beat the Heat, 130-103, in Game 1 on Saturday, Embiid was on the court shooting and warming up while wearing a black mask over his face.
He made a cameo when he participated in the team’s ceremonial pregame bell ringing while wearing a “Phantom of the Opera” mask.
ESPN reported Embiid and the Sixers are waiting for the mask to be cleared by the NBA, and Embiid likely will wear facial protection upon his return.
Veteran Amir Johnson started in Embiid’s place against the Heat, and reserve Ersan Ilyasova played significant minutes at center in the second half. He finished with a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Embiid averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 blocks in 63 games this season, in which he made his first All-Star Game appearance. The Sixers haven’t lost since March 13, and they ran their record to 9-0, including the playoffs, without Embiid on Saturday night.
The Sixers also announced second-year player Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will miss Monday night’s game with right knee patellar tendinitis. Luwawu-Cabarrot, who is averaging 5.8 points per game in 52 appearances (seven starts) this season, hasn’t played since March 11.
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