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Embiid Diagnosed With Concussion, Fractured Orbital Bone

Philadelphia 76ers’ center Joel Embiid is currently in the NBA’s concussion protocol and is out indefinitely with a fractured orbital bone.

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Earlier today, I had a conversation with a co-worker who isn’t a native of the Delaware Valley. I explained to him that the Philadelphia Eagles’ improbable Super Bowl LII run was the most un-Philadelphian thing ever. I followed that up by saying that Markelle Fultz running full speed into Joel Embiid’s head roughly 18 minutes into the former’s comeback was the Philadelphia that I’ve grown accustomed to over the past three-plus decades.

The optimists among us hoped that Embiid would only miss a couple of games as a result of Wednesday’s incident, but as fans of a Philadelphia-based sports team, we should have known better.

This is a devastating blow to a team that has (had?) a legitimate shot at the No. 3 seed in the East. It’s probably safe to say that the Sixers’ All-Everything center will miss the rest of the regular season, and time will tell if/when Embiid will be able to suit up for the postseason.

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