Joel Embiid clears concussion protocol, remains out for Game 2

Simmons Flirted With Triple-Double, Sixers Roll Past Heat In Game 1

Dario Saric tallied 20 points and Ersan Ilyasova had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the third-seeded 76ers, who played without star center Joel Embiid (orbital fracture).

After missing each of his first two National Basketball Association seasons due to injury and being limited to 31 games in 2016-17, Embiid played a career-high 63 games this season.

The 76ers' Joel Embiid has cleared the NBA's concussion protocol, but will remain out for Game 2 of the team's Round 1 playoff series against the Heat, the team announced Sunday.

Simmons almost finished his first game in the postseason with a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. Has cleared NBA's concussion protocol.

Reserve swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will also miss Monday's game with right knee patellar tendinitis. The timetable for return was 2-to-4 weeks.




Embiid's presence made the Sixers a better defensive team.

Coach Brett Brown shrugged when asked if Embiid's return, or lack thereof is linked to the success the Sixers have had without them. "And to have him come back and save the day because we lost Game 1, that's not going to happen".

Philadelphia beat Miami 130-103 in Game 1 on Saturday.

"I feel fine", Redick said. The club is 9-0 without its All-Star center, who averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 63 games in the regular season.

Game 2 is Monday night at 8 p.m.

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