Joel Embiid rings bell while wearing mask before 76ers playoff game

16 April 2018, 04:16 | Kristine Mills

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However, the Sixers will be without their All-Star center again in Game 2 of their playoff series against the Miami Heat on Monday night.

Embiid suffered an orbital bone fracture around his left eye in a March 28 collision with teammate Markelle Fultz and underwent surgery to fix the injury. When he does make it back, Embiid will sport a protective facial mask.

Ben Simmons has starred in helping the Philadelphia 76ers to a win over the Miami Heat in the first day of the playoffs.

Simmons averages 15.2 points, 8.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds.

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Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 114-106 to snap a 10-game losing streak in play-off series openers. For numerous players, this is their first go-around with playing in postseason games. Juxtapose that against the raw potential of Embiid, Simmons and the Sixers, and you've got a hell of a matchup. But the Spurs and Heat both know they can steal the home-court edge away with wins in Game 2. That should give him another four days to rest ahead of Thursday's Game 3, which is now Embiid's expected return date. "Finally, here we are and our fans genuinely have something to be proud of with us", Brown said.

He will be tasked with keeping Heat center Hassan Whiteside in check.

Without Embiid, the Sixers dominated the Heat in Game 1.

Although the two do a lot of the same things for their respective teams, Richardson offers a little more versatility as he is able to play either of the guard positions, creating for himself or others on offense. Whiteside averaged 19.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game against the 76ers this season (excluding the February 2 game where he left early with a stomach virus). They couldn't possibly understand why Sixers fans were willing to tank multiple seasons for a top pick unless they survived the Eddie Jordan era with nothing but Evan Turner getting blocked 18 straight times at the rim to show for it.



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