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

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

Philadelphia Sixers' Center Joel Embiid has cleared the NBA's concussion protocol.

The Philadelphia 76ers finished their regular season with a 16-game winning streak - and a 130-103 victory over the Miami Heat saw the purple patch continue into the playoffs.

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

"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 told ESPN before Sunday's game.

The Heat will need to regroup and in a hurry with Game 2 around the corner on Monday. The timetable for return was 2-to-4 weeks.

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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. Game 3 is Thursday in Miami. The All-Star center has been hopeful he can return early in the series. He will not play in Game 1 and from that point going forward, we'll figure some stuff out. I've been able to do everything. He will wear a mask when he returns.

This is still good news for the Sixers.

"Sixers head coach Brett Brown appeared on NBCSN's Dan Patrick Show (h/t NBC Sports Philadelphia) on Friday and said: "[Embiid] will not play in Game 1.

Philadelphia has handled Embiid's absence well. The squad has won nine straight games without Embiid.

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

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