Sixers Announce Joel Embiid's Status For Game 2 vs

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He must pass concussion protocol and contact drills before being cleared to play.

Ben Simmons has starred in helping the Philadelphia 76ers to a win over the Miami Heat in the first day of the playoffs.

Embiid suffered a broken orbital bone and concussion in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz on March 28. Philadelphia looks laser-focused in postseason play one game in.

Embiid's next opportunity to make his return will come in Thursday's Game 3 in Miami.

Coach Brett Brown shrugged when asked if Embiid's return, or lack thereof is linked to the success the Sixers have had without them. Other than a handful of games, he's been the best player on the court.

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Johnson struggled in Game 1 of the series, though, with two points on 1-of-7 shooting and seven rebounds in 22 minutes. I've been able to do everything. "We gonna see how it feels in the next couple of days". And I feel great. He will wear a mask when he returns.

Without Embiid, the Sixers dominated the Heat in Game 1. 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.

Philadelphia has handled Embiid's absence well.

Ersan Ilyasova had 17 points and 14 rebounds off the bench for the 76ers, who were winning their 17th straight game and had 34 assists on 45 made field goals.

Toronto entered having lost an NBA-worst 10 consecutive Game 1s since, including six at home.

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