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Sixers' Joel Embiid to remain sidelined for Game 2

16 April 2018
Sixers' Joel Embiid to remain sidelined for Game 2

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that all Embiid had to do to clear concussion protocol was prove he could withstand contact.

76ers 130, Heat 103: Ben Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut, and Philadelphia romped again without Joel Embiid, beating Miami Heat for its 17th straight win.

Embiid sustained the eye injury in a March 28 collision with rookie Markelle Fultz.

The 7-footer wore the mask during pregame shooting drills and would need one in the postseason. So we got a pretty good chance for Game 2 or Game 3.

The timetable for his return is still unclear. Game 3 is Thursday night in Miami. Other than a handful of games, he's been the best player on the court.

"Sixers head coach Brett Brown appeared on NBCSN's Dan Patrick Show (h/t NBC Sports Philadelphia) on Friday and said: "[Embiid] will not play in Game 1.

John Wall had 23 points and 15 assists for the Wizards, while Markieff Morris had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Overall, Philadelphia is riding a 16-game winning streak into the playoffs.

Without Embiid, the Sixers dominated the Heat in Game 1. "And to have him come back and save the day because we lost Game 1, that's not going to happen".

Klay Thompson scored a game-high 27 points and Kevin Durant chipped in with 24 as Golden State began its title defense with an easy win over San Antonio in Oakland, Calif.