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Joel Embiid To Undergo Surgery For Orbital Fracture

Joel Embiid To Undergo Surgery For Orbital Fracture

Per ESPN's Zach Lowe, depending on how the surgery turns out, Embiid could return to Philadelphia's lineup in two to four weeks.

The 24-year-old initially passed concussion tests, but after he continued to experience symptoms, he was ultimately diagnosed and placed in the league's concussion protocol. He averages 22.9 points and 11 rebounds.

The collision occurred just 20 seconds into the second quarter when Markelle Fultz was trying to drive towards the hoop.

In Embiid's absence, rookie sensation Ben Simmons will have to carry a bigger workload for the playoff-bound Philadelphia 76ers.




The Sixers announced Thursday that Joel Embiid has a concussion and an orbital fracture of his left eye. He was ruled out for the rest of the game, though, and taken to a hospital, where more testing took place and revealed a much more concerning situation than the initial diagnosis of a "facial contusion". Joel Embiid is out for longer than we were led to believe.

Embiid was the primary reason for the Sixers to seal their first playoff appearance since the 2011-12 season.

Next up for the Philadelphia 76ers will be an away game at Phillips Arena on Friday night versus the Atlanta Hawks. The bad news is one of those playoff opponents is a showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 6 that could determine the third seed in the East. "All I can do is pray for him". "My heart dropped really, because I know he hit me, but he's a tough guy and I know he's going to be okay". The Sixers (44-30) now own the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference and are likely to face the Indiana Pacers (45-31) in the first-round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs which get underway on April 14. In the meantime, the Pacers are just a half-game up on the Pacers for fourth.

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