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Joel Embiid still not cleared for contact, slated for 1st practice

Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has yet to be cleared for contact, but he will take on his first “scripted” practice today, his first one since suffering an orbital bone fracture, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer and ESPN’s Ian Begley.

Head coach Brett Brown said there is a “unified effort” among the Sixers, Embiid’s representatives and his surgeon regarding the approach for his return. He remains without an exact timetable for his return.

The Sixers are hopeful he can make a return for Game 3 after suffering a 113-103 Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat, potentially nullifying their home court advantage as the series switches over to South Beach for Games 3 and 4.

Embiid has expressed his eagerness to return to the court, especially after an ill-advised Instagram post that showed his frustration of being on the bench when his team suffered a loss on Monday.

Brown is understanding of his star’s frustration, but maintained that the organization will prioritize his health above all circumstances. Yet this practice could be the first step to his imminent return from injury, with two additional days before their Thursday night matchup against the sixth-seeded Heat.

Embiid has missed the team’s last 10 games after averaging 22.9 points, 11 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game in his second season with the team.