Joel Embiid Reportedly May Only Miss 1 Playoff Game with Eye Injury

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2018

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) gestures with his hands after making a shot and drawing a foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid reportedly may only miss one playoff game after suffering an orbital fracture Wednesday night in a 118-101 victory over the New York Knicks.

On Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported there's "hope" within the Sixers organization Embiid can return to game action in two weeks.

Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown wasn't prepared to put a timetable on the recovery Friday. He said the 24-year-old rising star can't have surgery right away, and the team will have to wait until the procedure is complete to know more.

"After the swelling goes down and whenever the operation happens we'll all have a better feeling of accurate news," Brown told reporters. "Right now we don't have any information."

Embiid commented on the situation Thursday night via Twitter:

Joel Embiid @JoelEmbiid

I guess I gotta trust “The Process” that I’ve been preaching... Unfortunate freak accident but I’ll be more than fine. Injuries jokes coming in 3,2,1 #TheProcess #Two-Face https://t.co/6Q2wXaOC6C

The 76ers, who've already clinched a postseason berth, are riding a nine-game winning streak. They are trying to lock down a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference to earn home-court advantage in the first round and could climb as high as third.

Philly is only a half-game ahead of the fifth-placed Indiana Pacers heading into Saturday's action, though. So the team will have the adapt on the fly over its final seven games to avoid having to start the playoffs on the road.

Richaun Holmes and Amir Johnson should split the playing time at center until Embiid returns.


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