Joel Embiid clears concussion protocol, will miss Game 2 vs. Heat

Depending on who you speak to Donovan Mitchell could beat Ben Simmons for Rookie of the Year

Depending on who you speak to Donovan Mitchell could beat Ben Simmons for Rookie of the Year

Prior to Saturday's game, Embiid told ESPN that, "If it was my decision, I would play, but I can't get back out on the court if I don't have the OK from them".

Embiid suffered a broken orbital bone and concussion in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz on March 28. 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.

Joel Embiid rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell, and the Sixers made a whole lot of noise as the new edition of The Process began with a resonance that will echo throughout the National Basketball Association.

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Additionally, guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will sit out the game with patellar tendinitis in his right knee. Big man Joel Embiid could return in Game 2 or 3, but based on how the club is performing, adding him to the rotation will just enhance the experience. Game 3 is Thursday in Miami. He will not play in Game 1 and from that point going forward, we'll figure some stuff out.

Overall, Philadelphia is riding a 16-game winning streak into the playoffs. It's all the same thing. That game will be 8 p.m. Monday at the Wells Fargo Center. Redick lost vision in his left eye after a fall, necessitating a trip to the locker room for a checkup.

"I feel fine", Redick said. He was superb as the Sixers' leader on the floor, commanding a second half surge that put Philadelphia in the driver's seat for good.

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