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NBA - US Sports: Embiid blow for Sixers

Philadelphia 76ers may be without star man Joel Embiid for their second round series against Miami Heat due to an orbital fracture and concussion.

The Sixers are 13/4 to win the series and Miami can be backed at 4/17.

Embiid, who had already been managing a torn ligament in his right thumb, sustained the injuries in the fourth quarter of Philadelphia's series-clinching Game 6 win over Toronto Raptors on Thursday.

The center appeared to be struck by Pascal Siakam's elbow as the Toronto star drove towards the basket.

The Sixers have confirmed Embiid has suffered concussion and an orbital fracture near his right eye and he is now listed out as indefinitely.

Surgery could be needed

The team have declined to offer a timescale on any potential return, but Embiid did suffer a similar injury back in 2018. That problem required surgery and he was able to return, wearing a protective mask, within three weeks. It is unclear whether or not surgery will be required on his latest orbital injury.

Philadelphia are due to head to top seeds Miami on Monday and Embiid will almost certainly miss that meeting. The final game of the series will be on 15th May if the full seven games are required and the Sixers will be desperate to have Embiid involved at some stage.

Embiid missed 14 regular season games this season and the Sixers had a 6-8 record in his absence.

Lowry a big doubt for Miami

Miami, who were last in action on Tuesday as they wrapped up a 4-1 series win over Atlanta Hawks, also have some major injury concerns as Kyle Lowry is expected to miss a third straight game with a hamstring problem and Jimmy Butler is rated as questionable with a knee issue.

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