Embiid still isn't all the way back from the orbital fracture to his left eye.
After missing each of his first two National Basketball Association seasons due to injury and being limited to 31 games in 2016-17, Embiid played a career-high 63 games this season.
Ben Simmons narrowly missed a triple-double, and the Philadelphia 76ers punished the visiting Miami Heat from long range en route to an easy 130-103 victory Saturday in an Eastern Conference first round series opener. So we got a pretty good chance for Game 2 or Game 3. Sixers coach Brett Brown said Sunday that the club does not have a clear idea on when Embiid might return.
Embiid suffered an orbital bone fracture around his left eye in a March 28 collision with teammate Markelle Fultz and underwent surgery to fix the injury. 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 All-Star big man averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 blocks during those contests.
Overall, Philadelphia is riding a 16-game winning streak into the playoffs. "We gonna see how it feels in the next couple of days".
Without Embiid, the Sixers dominated the Heat in Game 1. The third seed in the East torched their conference rival by 27 points, 130-103, as Ben Simmons almost marked a triple-double in his first playoff game.