Six­ers’ Em­biid won’t play in Game 2

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Grotz bgrotz@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @BobGrotz on Twit­ter

CAM­DEN, N.J. » Cen­ter Joel Em­biid cleared the NBA’s con­cus­sion pro­to­col, the 76ers an­nounced Sun­day.

Em­biid still isn’t all the way back from the or­bital frac­ture to his left eye. The Six­ers ruled him out of Game 2 of their play­off se­ries against the Mi­ami Heat, Mon­day at Wells Fargo Cen­ter.

Ad­di­tion­ally, guard Tim-othe Luwawu-Cabar­rot will sit out the game with patel­lar ten­dini­tis in his right knee.

Em­biid sus­tained the eye in­jury in a March 28 col­li­sion with rookie Markelle Fultz. The timetable for re­turn was 2-to-4 weeks. It will be three weeks Wed­nes­day. Em­biid had surgery March 31st.

The Six­ers own a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 se­ries with the Heat. Game 3 is Thurs­day 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. The squad has won nine straight games without Em­biid.

“It’s still about what’s best for Joel’s health,” Brown said af­ter prac­tice Sun­day. “And to have him come back and save the day be­cause we lost Game 1, that’s not go­ing to hap­pen. And the fact that we won Game 1 also doesn’t in­flu­ence it. It’s all the same thing. It’s just what is best for Joel’s health. And it’s been de­ter­mined that he shall not play Game 2 for that rea­son.”.

Guard J.J. Redick prac­ticed Sun­day and pro­nounced him­self fit af­ter his scary mo­ment in Game 1. Redick lost vi­sion in his left eye af­ter a fall, ne­ces­si­tat­ing a trip to the locker room for a checkup. He re­turned to ac­tion and scored a game-high 28 points in the 130-103 rout of the Heat.

“It’s still about what’s best for Joel’s health.”

— Six­ers coach Brett Brown

CHRIS SZAGOLA — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Philadel­phia 76ers’ Joel Em­biid comes out in a “Phan­tom of the Opera” mask as he rings a Lib­erty Bell replica be­fore Game 1 of the team’s firstround NBA bas­ket­ball play­off se­ries against the Mi­ami Heat, Satur­day.

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