The Philadelphia 76ers received some gut-wrenching news with the head injury scare to Joel Embiid. While he's undoubtedly going to miss games, there's at least some positive news on his playing status for the series.
According to ESPN insider Ramona Shelburne, Joel Embiid's right orbital injury may not be as severe as his previous one. The Sixers star suffered a similar injury to his left orbital in 2018 that forced him to miss a handful of games.
Via ESPN's Ramona Shelburne:
Joel Embiid was evaluated by specialists tonight to determine the severity of the right orbital fracture. While his previous left orbital fracture in 2018 required surgery, sources told ESPN there has not been an indication that this injury will require a similar procedure.
Embiid will be evaluated again next week, but at a minimum he must be out 5 days with the concussion, sources said. There is no timetable for this injury yet but sources said “the door isn’t closed.”
Joel Embiid has arguably been the most dominant player in the East this season. After last year's early playoff exit, getting his Sixers to the Eastern Conference Finals – and beyond – was clearly the goal. With this latest injury update, Philly just needs to tread water a little bit for their star to return at relatively full strength.