Joel Embiid suffered orbital fracture, concussion during 76ers’ Game 6 victory over Raptors, no timetable for return
Well, this is absolutely soul crushing. Moments ago, Shams Charania announced that Joel Embiid suffered a right orbital fracture and a mild concussion in last night’s series-clinching Game 6 win in Toronto. Embiid will be listed as OUT on Monday, with no timetable for return.
The injury happened with the Philadelphia 76ers up 29 points with 4 minutes remaining in the game. Embiid caught an elbow to the face from Pascal Siakam, which basically broke his face much to the delight of the Toronto crowd and even the Raptors’ broadcast crew.
Take a listen to these idiots on the call.
There has been no comment following the injury update from @HelloooJack or @Matt__Devlin, the broadcast crew who acted like immature idiots following the play, but feel free to leave them a nice reply on Twitter.
Look, a lot of people right now are mad at the fact that Joel Embiid was still playing up 29 points in the fourth quarter but that’s not something I can really get behind. It’s a series-clinching game and the 76ers desperately needed a statement game. Hindsight is 20/20, but NO ONE was upset last night when Embiid was owning the city of Toronto on the basketball court.
This is the second time he has suffered an orbital fracture, the previous instance being in 2018 when Markelle Fultz ran into him. The 76ers were without Embiid for three weeks during that time, playing without him for eight regular season games and the first two games of the NBA Playoffs that season.
Embiid then returned with a mask and The Phantom of the Process was born. Something that will happen again if he can return in time.
It’s a huge blow for the 76ers and Joel Embiid. Soul crushing, honestly. However, the Miami Heat still do not scare me in the slightest. I know it’s a regular season game, but the 76ers have beaten the Heat already this season without Embiid and I fully expect them to come out ready to play on Monday night regardless.
Without Embiid against the Heat, Tyrese Maxey tallied a game-high 28 points (9-15 fg, 3-7 3fg, 7-7 ft) with five rebounds, four assists, and one blocked shot in 28 minutes of play.
More information to follow. Hang in there 76ers fans. We have a playoff series to win.
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