Embiid hopeful of Game 2 or 3 return vs. Heat

From ESPN - April 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA -- Sixers center Joel Embiid said that his rehabilitation from a broken orbital bone and concussion has been going well, and "we got a pretty good chance for Game 2 or Game 3."

Embiid told ESPN prior to Saturday night's playoff opener against the Miami Heat that he still has to prove that he can withstand contact before he will be cleared to return, but he has been ramping up his on-court work in recent days and has been able to do everything that has been thrown at him thus far.

"If it was my decision, I would play, but I ca not get back out on the court if I do not have the OK from them," Embiid said. "But everything has been going well. I have been able to do everything. And I feel great. So we got a pretty good chance for Game 2 or Game 3. We gonna see how it feels in the next couple of days.

"I got to do some contact stuff and see how it feels, and then they are going to allow me to be back. I did a little bit today, kind of like dummy defense -- not really contact but, like, a body on me."

The 76ers host Game 2 on Monday night, with Game 3 set for Thursday night in Miami.

Embiid says he has lost some weight since he suffered the injury in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz on March 28. He had surgery to repair the fracture and missed the last eight games of the regular season.


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