Sixers' Embiid clears National Basketball Association concussion watch but out Monday

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While the Sixers center entertained fans pregame while wearing a "Phantom of the Opera" style mask against the Heat, the team now says Embiid is one step closer to suiting up after clearing concussion protocol.

Joel Embiid will be out for Game 2 of the Heat-76ers series.

Embiid sustained the eye injury in a March 28 collision with rookie Markelle Fultz. And they are now on a 17-game winning streak, with nine of them coming without Embiid on the court.

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A seventh-place finish would bring European football back to the King Power Stadium, providing Southampton do not win the FA Cup. Puel's charges have conceded and scored at the same time in 21 league games this season.

The All-Star big man warmed up before Game 1 on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), but had already been ruled out for that night's contest. Game 3 is Thursday in Miami. I've been able to do everything.

Embiid averaged 22.9 points, 11 rebounds, and 3.2 assists during 63 regular season games.

"I feel fine", Redick said. "And to have him come back and save the day because we lost Game 1, that's not going to happen".

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The team stuck by the ball-sharing that won them games all season. "On home court, we're supposed to win, and that's our mindset". This season officially started at the year-end press conference after the second-round sweep to the Cleveland Cavaliers .

Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright (55) shoots against the Washington Wizards during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Toronto on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Philadelphia has handled Embiid's absence well.

Klay Thompson scored a game-high 27 points and Kevin Durant chipped in with 24 as Golden State began its title defense with an easy win over San Antonio in Oakland, Calif.

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The Sixers, who set an National Basketball Association record with 16 straight wins to end the season, got the rout in full swing with a raucous crowd behind them.

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