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The complexion of the Eastern Conference playoffs has been significantly changed with the news that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is out indefinitely after suffering a right orbital fracture and mild concussion in the decisive win. of the team in a 132-97 series against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. night, according to Shams Charania.

Even if Embiid, who was already playing through a torn ligament in his right thumb that would require surgery this offseason, decides to play through the orbital fracture, he has to sit, at a minimum, five days for concussion, which he backed on Thursday. That would at least put him in Game 1 of Philly’s second-round series against the top-seeded Miami Heat on Monday.

Embiid will be re-evaluated next week, but the good news is that there is no indication that the orbital fracture, which is on his right side, will require surgery, by Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. Embiid suffered a left orbital fracture in 2018, which required surgery. Again, that leaves the door open for Embiid to maybe play through the rift if he does indeed clear concussion protocol at some point.

An MVP contender for the second straight season, Embiid was injured after being hit by Raptors forward Pascal Siakam four minutes from the end of the fourth quarter.

Embiid is obviously crucial to any potential success for Philadelphia in the playoffs, leading the team in averages of 26.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Most of the offensive responsibility will fall on James Harden, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris while Embiid is out.