Sixers Fans Are Concerned About an Injured Joel Embiid Returning for First Round of Playoffs

The announcement that Joel Embiid will miss two to four weeks after undergoing facial surgery has 76ers fans thinking about the likelihood that he will be available for the playoffs in two weeks.

Things were going so well for the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers were on an eight-game winning streak, and at 44-30, they were breathing down the neck of the third-place Cleveland Cavaliers, who were clinging to a half-game lead. Then, Joel Embiidcollided with Markelle Fultz’s shoulder and suffered an orbital fracture.

Joel Embiid update:

— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 29, 2018

Embiid will undergo facial surgery, and according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, he could return in two to four weeks.

Pending the results of surgery, Embiid could return to play in 2-4 weeks, per league source. First round obviously in some jeopardy.

— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) March 30, 2018

While the 76ers don’t run the risk of missing the playoffs, which are only two weeks away. But there is a decent possibility that the team could be without The Process in the first round, and depending on which opponent that turns out to be, his absence could be huge. Of course, you don’t need to tell that to Sixers and Embiid fans alike who are already going through the motions since the news was made official.

Embiid missing the playoffs because his face broke on Fultz’s shoulder is a bit more poetic than I’m comfortable with

— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) March 29, 2018

Embiid making it relatively unscathed throughout the whole season, only to miss time in the playoffs is cosmic cruelty.

— Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) March 30, 2018

I hope, so much, Embiid is back and OK come playoff time. Would be so cruel if he was healthy all season -- in a year where they could win FIFTY games -- and then he misses postseason bc of this.

— Chris Herring (@Herring_NBA) March 30, 2018

We're rooting for an Embiid return for the first round because we want the joy that comes with him in a facemask as much as the next person. 

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