Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Sixers' Joel Embiid to remain sidelined for Game 2

Sixers' Joel Embiid to remain sidelined for Game 2

While the Sixers center entertained fans pregame while wearing a "Phantom of the Opera" style mask against the Heat, the team now says Embiid is one step closer to suiting up after clearing concussion protocol.

The 76ers star has been ruled out for Monday's Game 2 matchup against the Heat despite clearing the NBA's concussion protocol, the team announced Monday (AEST).

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

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After game two Monday, the 76ers will stay in Philadelphia for workouts before traveling to Miami on Wednesday ahead of game three on Thursday, the soonest Embiid could return to the lineup. The timetable for return was 2-to-4 weeks.

John Wall led eighth-seeded Washington with 23 points and 15 assists, and Markieff Morris scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Other than a handful of games, he's been the best player on the court. "But everything has been going well".

And if they take a commanding 2-0 series lead while potentially getting him back for Game 3?

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"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.

Without Embiid, the Sixers dominated the Heat in Game 1.

Toronto entered having lost an NBA-worst 10 consecutive Game 1s since, including six at home. The squad has won nine straight games without Embiid.

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