Apr 28, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after scoring a basket against the Toronto Raptors in the second half during game six of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 on Thursday night to win the first-round playoff series, but their best player suffered injuries in the process that have his second-round status — vs the Miami Heat — in question.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reports that 76ers center Joel Embiid “suffered a right orbital fracture and mild concussion” in Game 6, and adds that Embiid “will be listed as out and there is no timetable for his return.”

So, that’s very unfortunate news for Embiid, and it’s significant news for the 76ers and really the entire playoff landscape if the NBA MVP candidate is forced to miss much time.

Embiid suffered the injury after being elbowed by Toronto’s Pascal Siakam late in the fourth quarter of Game 6.

And this news comes just days after reports that Embiid is playing through a thumb injury that will require surgery in the offseason.

Embiid, 28, led the NBA in averaging 30.6 points per game this season, while also averaging 11.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.5 blocks. The seven-footer is a game-changing, series-changing talent who gives the Sixers a chance in a seven-game series vs any team. And Embiid’s absence would put more pressure on James Harden to perform like a superstar for Philadelphia against Miami.

The Sixers’ series against the Heat (the East’s No. 1 seed) begins on Monday.

Here’s a look at how the sports world is reacting to the Embiid injury news:



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