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.
Coach Brett Brown confirmed that Joel Embiid (orbital fracture) will not play Game 1 on Saturday vs. the Heat. The Spurs have never dropped six consecutive postseason games under Popovich, though that streak will likely be seriously tested unless San Antonio comes up with some very different ideas very quickly.
"If it was my decision, I would play, but I can't get back out on the court if I don't have the OK from them", said Embiid. "But everything has been going well". "The game is more then offense, there's different ways I Impact games, that's I been able to stick around this league". Probably, I'm going to feel it a little bit.
"It feels way better now than it was two days ago", Dragic said.
Billy Mitchell's scores permanantly removed from Twin Galaxies, banned from future submissions
Mitchell hasn't held the Donkey Kong record since 2010, which is now held by Robbie Lakeman with a score of 1,247,700. The VHS footage of Mitchell's record was undoubtedly spliced so he could pass off his record as legitimate.
Embiid said he has lost some weight since he suffered the injury. Here he is wearing a mask and ringing a Liberty Bell replica.
The Sixers, of course, would defeat Miami comprehensively in Game 1 (130-103). On one side, you have a third seed Philadelphia team whose best players are a rookie and a now injured sophomore, expected to barely clinch the eighth seed before the season began.
Philadelphia has handled Embiid's absence well.
Simmons finished just one rebound short of a coveted triple-double with 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.
As long as there will be injured centers and National Basketball Association playoff games, there will be the hope for the next reprise of Willis Reed's famous 1970 unscheduled walk.