by Rafael Bandayrel
A cloud of doubt has been lifted from the Philadelphia as 76ers star center Joel Embiid will only be missing one playoff game after suffering an orbital fracture in Wednesday night’s 118-101 victory over the New York Knicks.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that there is “hope” for the Sixers who will be playoff-bound for the first time since 2011-12 season.
The one-time All-Star suffered the injury when he accidentally collided with teammate Markelle Fultz who just recently returned after missing most of the regular season.
Earlier, ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported that the injury timetable would take two to four weeks which led to concern that the seven-footer will miss the entire first round of the post-season.
Embiid is a vital piece or the blossoming Sixers as they rank first in defense and fourth in offense in the league when he is on the court. Philadelphia then plummets to 27 in offensive rating and an average defensive team while he is on the bench.