When news broke earlier in the week that Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Joel Embiid had suffered an orbital fracture to the eye and a concussion, we were all worried he might miss extensive action.
While that might very well be true, the update Philadelphia provided following Embiid’s eye surgery seems to be all sorts of positive.
A medical update on Joel Embiid: pic.twitter.com/mElFBjZduO
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 31, 2018
The team notes that Embiid will be examined once again within five-to-seven days. At that point, he could be cleared to return to the court.
A report earlier in the day from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski noted that Embiid could potentially return in two weeks.
Embiid could return in two weeks, league sources tell ESPN. Much of his return date could be based upon pain threshold. Embiid will still need to be cleared by doctors to return. https://t.co/pJaKVhUP9x
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 31, 2018
With seven games left in the regular season, Philadelphia is just a half game behind Cleveland for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Obviously, the team would love to get its All-Star center back prior to the end of the regular season. And that still seems like a decent possibility based on Philadelphia’s press release Saturday evening.