Embiid: Good chance of playing Game 2 or 3
The Philadelphia 76ers could have their best player back in the NBA Playoffs as soon as Monday.
Joel Embiid told reporters that “there’s a pretty good chance” he could play in Game 2 or Game 3 of the Sixers’ first-round series against Miami. Game 2 is on Monday, while Game 3 would not be until Thursday.
The All-Star big man warmed up before Game 1 on Saturday, but had already been ruled out for that night’s contest. The former No. 1 overall pick underwent surgery for a fractured orbital bone suffered in late March and has not played since.The 76ers finished the regular season on a 16-game winning streak despite his absence. He must pass concussion protocol and contact drills before being cleared to play.
In just his second season, Embiid averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 reboundsd and 1.8 blocks per game while leading Philadelphia to its first playoff berth since 2012.