Joel Embiid injury casts shadow over Philadelphia 76ers' hopes in playoffs

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A timetable has not be determined according to the team, but ESPN's Zach Lowe is reporting that it could be 2-4 weeks. In just his second season, Embiid has put up MVP-calibre numbers and is in line to make his first All-NBA team.

Although Embiid passed initial concussion tests and x-rays at the arena were negative, Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice reports that a concussion or facial injury has not been ruled out at this point.

Embiid is averaging 43.0 FanDuel points per game this season.

The collision occurred just 20 seconds into the second quarter when Markelle Fultz was trying to drive towards the hoop. That said, with his history of injury, it's unlikely Philadelphia fans will be entirely convinced of his safety until he's back on the court wreaking havoc on opposing teams. The Sixers did not give an update after the game, but Embiid posted a video on his Instagram story feed from his hospital room late Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Sixers announced that Embiid suffered a concussion and a fractured orbital bone as a result of the play. Still, that's a drop from how well Philadelphia has been playing with Embiid.




The Sixers play the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets on the road before returning to play their next home game against the Brooklyn Nets.

With eight games remaining in the regular season and no injury worse than "facial contusion" now attached to the collision, Sixers fans are hoping for a smooth recovery so that Embiid is okay to help the team's first playoff push since 2012. "I'm anxious about him, but I believe he's OK".

Philadelphia is now holding on to the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. After the game, Fultz sent out prayers for his recovering teammate.

Philadelphia fans' worst fears might be coming true. The 76ers began Thursday in fourth place in the East, a half-game behind the Cavaliers for third and half-game in front of the Pacers for fifth, with the Wizards in sixth.

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