Embiid says 'pretty good chance' he's back by Game 2 or 3

NBA.com Global on Apr 15, 2018 07:23 PM
Embiid says 'pretty good chance' he's back by Game 2 or 3
Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid comes out in a "Phantom of the Opera" mask as he rings a Liberty Bell replica before Game 1 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

NBA.com staff report

The Philadelphia 76ers could have their best player back in the NBA Playoffs as soon as Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).

Joel Embiid told reporters that "there's a pretty good chance" he could play in Game 2 or Game 3 of the Sixers' first-round series against Miami. Game 2 is on Monday, while Game 3 would not be until Thursday (Tuesday and Friday, PHL time).

The All-Star big man warmed up before Game 1 on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), but had already been ruled out for that night's contest. The former No. 1 overall pick underwent surgery for a fractured orbital bone suffered in late March and has not played since. The 76ers finished the regular season on a 16-game winning streak despite his absence. He must pass concussion protocol and contact drills before being cleared to play.

In just his second season, Embiid averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game while leading Philadelphia to its first playoff berth since 2012.

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