Sixers News: Joel Embiid To Have Surgery, Could Miss Playoffs First Round

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will require surgery on a fractured orbital in his left eye that could see him miss out on the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Embiid suffered the injury when he collided with teammate Markelle Fultz after going for a loose ball in the second quarter of the Sixers’ 118-101 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

He was later evaluated, passing the NBA’s locker room concussion assessment tool before being taken to Jefferson Hospital for further evaluation and testing. However, Embiid started experiencing symptoms of a concussion afterward and was later placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol.

Joel Embiid Joel Embiid could return in two to four weeks depending on the results of the surgery. Pictured, Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts after a play against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, March 6, 2018. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The Sixers announced Thursday that Embiid will not be traveling Friday for the trip against the Atlanta Hawks and will be having surgery in his eye in the coming days.

“I guess I gotta trust “The Process” that I’ve been preaching,” Embiid wrote on Twitter after the injury. “Unfortunate freak accident but I’ll be more than fine. Injuries jokes coming in 3,2,1 #TheProcess #Two-Face.”

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