76ers' Embiid clears National Basketball Association concussion watch but out on Monday

In his formal out-on-the-town mask Sixers center Joel Embiid rings the replica Liberty Bell to get the crowd going at Wells Fargo Center ahead of a 130-103 win over Miami in Game 1 of their playoff series

The Philadelphia 76ers didn't need Joel Embiid in their Game 1 blowout of the Miami Heat. But he is still dealing with the effects of a left orbital bone fracture that he suffered on March 28.

The 76ers responded, led by their 208cm tall Australian point guard who thrived playing his first National Basketball Association post season game.

The 76ers have been without star center Joel Embiid since the end of March.

And if they take a commanding 2-0 series lead while potentially getting him back for Game 3?

Embiid will shoot for a Game 3 return.

"It's still about what's best for Joel's health", Brown said after practice Sunday. That game will be 8 p.m. Monday at the Wells Fargo Center. "Unless something remarkable happens, Dan, I don't plan on him playing in Game 1". Philadelphia isn't the type of organization that would allow a player to rush back, but now it can convince Embiid that he's not costing any games on the bench while during his recovery process. Coach Brett Brown hinted that he wouldn't be able to play until then, so his chance of suiting up for Game 2 are looking slimmer than they were a day ago. And I feel great.

It's rare that you see upsets in the NBA playoffs, it isn't as unpredictably comparatively to the NFL or NHL playoffs, heck we've had the same finals for three years in a row. He will wear a mask when he returns.

Just about every Heat player save for Olynyk was a fantasy bust in Game 1.

The 76ers began their best-of-seven opening round playoff series against Miami with a 130-103 rout Saturday.

Philadelphia has handled Embiid's absence well.

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