76ers’ Embiid has broken his orbital bone, as Eastern Semifinals loom

by: TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press

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MIAMI (AP) — Joel Embiid has a right orbital fracture and a mild concussion, and the Philadelphia 76ers said Friday night the MVP runner-up is out for the foreseeable future.

Embiid was injured late in Philadelphia’s win at Toronto on Thursday night, when the 76ers knocked out the Raptors and wrapped up a six-game win in an Eastern Conference first-round series.

The win sent fourth-seeded Philadelphia to the Eastern semifinals against top-seeded Miami, a game that begins Monday night.

But Embiid’s status is now very uncertain. A similar fracture, to his left orbital bone, kept him out of action for about three weeks – spanning 10 games, including two playoff games against the Heat.

He was already playing with a right thumb injury in those playoffs, but still led the 76ers to first-round victory.


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