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Joel Embiid’s concussion and orbital fracture are improving, but Doc Rivers isn’t quite ready to provide any specific timetable for his return for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Rivers, speaking ahead of their practice on Tuesday afternoon, said he wasn’t sure when Embiid will be able to return in their Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Miami Heat.
“I know he did something yesterday, but not much, and I know he’s feeling a lot better,” Rivers said.
“I don’t want to give false hope, either. So I’ll just stop there.”
Doc Rivers gives an update on Joel Embiid's status after Game 1 ⤵ pic.twitter.com/kQKplAW9LE
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While that’s nothing concrete by any means, Embiid’s improvement is certainly a good sign for the 76ers.
and a mild concussion in Philadelphia’s Game 6 of their series against the Toronto Raptors last week. Embiid took a hard elbow to the face in the final minutes of that win in Toronto, which pushed them into the conference semifinals.
The play where Joel Embiid got injured pic.twitter.com/GYWDUxupoU
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Embiid’s absence clearly hurt Philadelphia on Monday night, too. The in what was a dominant showing for Miami. Rivers attempted to replace Embiid with Deandre Jordan in the starting lineup, along with Paul Millsap and Paul Reed rotating through, though it didn’t work out very well. The , 12 rebounds and three blocks on the night.
Despite their struggles, Rivers is committed to Jordan in the starting lineup for Embiid.
Based on Game 1, the sooner Embiid is back, the better.