Joel Embiid injury update: 76ers big man out indefinitely with orbital fracture, concussion, pr. report

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The complexion of the Eastern Conference playoffs has changed markedly with the news that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is out indefinitely after sustaining a fracture of his right orbital and mild concussion in the team’s 132-97 series-clinching Game 6 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. night, according to Shams Charania.

Even if Embiid, who was already playing through a torn ligament in his right thumb, who reportedly will require surgery this offseason, decides to play through the orbital fracture, he should at least sit, five days for the concussion, which he supported on Thursday. That would put him out for at least Game 1 of Philly’s second-round series against top-seeded Miami Heat on Monday.

Embiid will be re-evaluated next week, but the good news is that there has been no indication that the orbital fracture, which is on his right side, will require surgery, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. Embiid suffered a left orbital fracture in 2018, which required surgery. Again, this leaves the door open for Embiid to possibly play his way through the fracture if he actually clears the concussion protocol at some point.

An MVP candidate for the second season in a row, Embiid suffered the injury after being elbowed by Raptors striker Pascal Siakam with four minutes left of the fourth quarter.

Embiid is obviously crucial to any potential success for Philadelphia this post-season, leading the team averaging 26.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Most of the offensive responsibility will go to James Harden, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris as long as Embiid is out.

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