Joel Embiid had surgery to begin the process of repairing a fractured orbital bone March 31.
There is now no timetable for Joel's recovery, and Joel will return to play when it is safe and medically advisable. Any fall in the standings would mean losing home-court advantage in a first-round series, which would be very hard for Philly to win without its All-Star center.
This is similar to the estimate provided by ESPN's Zach Lowe, who was originally told that the 24-year-old could return within two to four weeks. The No.3 seed Cleveland Cavaliers have a half-game lead on both teams. The 76ers played the Atlanta Hawks on Friday and will be in Charlotte on Sunday to play the Hornets. Without Embiid playing, winning a playoff series will be a lot more hard.
As Embiid is shooting his shot off the court, it is unclear how long he will be out following his latest injury. The 76ers have a 41-22 record with Embiid in the lineup. JJ Redick wasn't far behind, netting 21 points, to go along with 5 assists and 6 rebounds.
That would definitely rule Embiid out for the rest of regular season, and possibly the first round of the playoffs.
Embiid and Ben Simmons meshed immediately and while 2017 No. 1 pick Fultz struggled with this own injury issues, Philadelphia soared into the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. With the playoffs set to start April 14, Embiid would have to hit the start of his recovery window to avoid missing time in the postseason.
Dunne two shots off the lead at Houston Open
Phil Mickelson was at 8 under heading into the 18th until a triple-bogey derailed his round. Chalmers had eight birdies - five in the first eight holes - before a bogey at the 17th.