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


The Philadelphia 76ers made their return to the NBA Playoffs and got off to a rocking start, defeating the Miami Heat 130-103 in Game 1. Has cleared NBA's concussion protocol. He wasn't cleared for contact activities until Saturday.

Embiid is still recovering from an orbital bone fracture in his left eye suffered March 28, though he has since been fitted with a protective facemask and practiced with the Sixers on a limited basis.

One of these days, the Sixers are going to play a close game.

He also had a little fun with a different mask.

DeMar DeRozan added 17 points, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby each had 12, and Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine assists for the Raptors, whose only previous victory in the opening game of a playoff series came in the second round against Philadelphia in 2001.

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Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Monday night at Oracle Arena.

"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 said. And I feel great.

He averaged 22.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.76 blocks in 63 games this season. The 76ers finished the regular season on a 16-game winning streak despite his absence.

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.

Overall, Philadelphia has won 17 consecutive games.