Sixers' Embiid needs surgery for facial fracture

Mar 26 2018 Philadelphia PA USA Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid celebrates a basket during the fourth quarter of the game against the Denver Nuggets at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports
Embiid (facial contusion) sidelined by collision
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01 April, 2018

He now has no timeline to return, but one report said a return between two-to-four weeks is possible. He has been put in the NBA's concussion protocol.

Fultz, the 2017 first-overall pick, being the player who inadvertently took out Embiid is ironic as he just returned to the 76ers Monday after a lengthy period out of the lineup himself.

Fultz was driving toward the basket 20 seconds into the period when he appeared to accidentally head-butt Embiid. As Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver noted, with Embiid on the floor, Philadelphia has had the league's best defensive rating and fourth-best offensive rating, numbers that plunge to 14th and 27th without him. Dario Saric and the rest of the starters get a boost with this news, while Ersan Ilyasova, Amir Johnson, and Richaun Holmes should all see a bump in playing time until Embiid returns.

Embiid was wobbly heading off the court but the Sixers announced the big man suffered a simple facial contusion.

Immediately following the injury, Embiid passed the NBA's locker room concussion assessment tool.

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There is no current timetable for his recovery. Here's the latest on Joel Embiid's injury situation and whether he'll be able to play again soon for the Philadelphia 76ers.

"My heart dropped", Fultz said Wednesday of his collision with Embiid.

Philadelphia fans' worst fears might be coming true. "He's a tough guy. All I can do is pray for him". Philadelphia now holds the fourth-seed in the Eastern Conference. However, his teammate's condition was on his mind as he gave comments about the in-game crash he was part of, and also tweeted out he was keeping him in his thoughts and prayers.

The Indiana Pacers are lurking a half-game back of the 76ers.


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