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Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid feels ‘a lot better,’ says Doc Rivers; return still unclear

Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid feels ‘a lot better,’ says Doc Rivers;  return still unclear
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MIAMI — Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers said Joel Embiid is feeling « a lot better » but remains uncertain about his potential return to the court.

« I know he did something yesterday, but not much, and I know he’s feeling a lot better, » Rivers said before Philadelphia practiced Tuesday afternoon « I don’t want to give false hope either. So I’ll just stop there. »

Embiid missed Philadelphia’s 106-92 loss in Game 1 of the 76ers’ Eastern Conference semifinal against the Miami Heat because of a right facial fracture and concussion he suffered when he was hit in the face by a Pascal Siakam elbow in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s win over the Raptors in Toronto to close out the first-round series.

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Embiid has already been ruled out for Game 2 on Wednesday night, with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reporting he could return as soon as Game 3 on Friday or Game 4 on Sunday back in Philadelphia.

Four years ago, Embiid missed three weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a left facial fracture, including missing the first two games of Philadelphia’s first-round series victory over the Heat.

Every other member of the 76ers is expected to be able to play in Game 2.

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