By Jerry Wein
The question for Sixers coach Doc Rivers this morning is very simple:
Why was Joel Embiid, your most important player, still in the game Thursday night with a 29-point lead and the game 6 in the bag?
Embiid suffered a right orbital fracture and a mild concussion when he was elbowed in the face by the Raps Pascal Siakam, and he will be listed as out with no timetable for a return, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Embiid was already playing through a torn ligament in his right thumb, and he will now add an orbital fracture and a concussion to his list of ailments.
The Sixers begin their second-round series with Miami on Monday, so unless Embiid can clear concussion protocol, and convince the doctors in Philly to let him play with a mask for the face fracture, the Sixers will likely be without their big man.
If that is the case, Deandre Jordan could get the start at center, and would suddenly be a huge piece of the rotation after appearing for just a few seconds in Game 3 of their first-round series against Toronto.