The eyes of every Philadelphia 76ers fan were on superstar center Joel Embiid in the second quarter of their NBA Playoff matchup against the Miami Heat. Rising up for a shot under the basket, Embiid was struck in his injured face by Heat center Dewayne Dedmon, with the Sixers center falling to the ground. He was writhing in pain, with nearly the entire Sixers team and head coach Doc Rivers walking over to check on him.
Embiid was briefly being looked at on the bench by team doctors, but is now back on the court and in the game. https://t.co/dW99gqTMWA
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Fortunately for Sixers fans, Embiid is staying in the game. However, there's no denying that it was a huge scare for both the franchise and the fans, who were likely watching with bated breath.
The Sixers star was being looked at by the team doctors but thankfully decided to tough out the already-painful injury. Embiid could be spotted taking his mask off and blinking his eye in pain during stoppages in play. Embiid is playing through a torn ligament in his thumb and a right orbital fracture.
With the Sixers-Heat game at halftime at the time of print, it's certainly possible that Embiid is looked at in the locker room and is unable to return.
The Sixers big man is currently 2-for-6 from the field with six points, two rebounds and a pair of assists at the half of the crucial NBA Playoff game.
It will be interesting to see what happens, if anything, with Embiid following halftime.