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The Philadelphia Sixers announced on Sunday at Joel Embiid will not be available for their next playoff game against the Miami Heat.

Embiid has been out with a fractured orbital bone near his left eye, and has yet to take on full contact in practice.

According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Embiid passed the NBA's concussion protocol, but remains out. He was one of the lone bright spots for the Heat in last night's game, despite willing them to a halftime lead.

"That's part of Joel's return-to-play plan", Brown said.

"It's about what's best for Joel's health", Brown said. Whiteside played only 12 minutes in Game 1, while Kelly Olynyk was extremely effective, but it sounds like Miami will at least field the same starting five on Monday.


Even without its All-Star center, Philadelphia has been playing well. They have also won nine straight games without their best player, dating back to the regular season. Miami will not be able to win many games if they allow their opponent to shoot that many three-pointers and make the at that high of a percentage.

Rookie of the Year candidate Ben Simmons has shouldered much of the responsibility in Embiid's absence, finishing Game 1 with 17 points, 14 assists and 9 rebounds. "And to have him come back and save the day because we lost Game 1, that's not going to happen".

When Embiid does return, it is expected that he will wear a protective mask after doing so during shootarounds.

While the Heat will surely need to play better in order to have a chance in this series, they should hold off on pushing the panic button.


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