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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was ruled out for the Sixers' playoff opener against the Miami Heat on Saturday.

Embiid suffered a broken orbital bone and concussion in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz on March 28.

According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Embiid passed the NBA's concussion protocol, but remains out. So we got a pretty good chance for Game 2 or Game 3. But that's not to say he has opposite results in other situations.

Game 3 of the series isn't until Thursday, which gives Embiid five full days after clearing the protocol to get ready to play again. As a result, the NBA's best post player is a strong candidate to be the defensive player of the year and make an all-NBA team.

Ersan Ilyasova had 17 points and 14 rebounds off the bench for the 76ers, who were winning their 17th straight game and had 34 assists on 45 made field goals.

Without Embiid, the Sixers dominated the Heat in Game 1. He finished sixth in the league with a 99.7 defensive rating.

Additionally, guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will sit out the game with patellar tendinitis in his right knee.

"Sixers head coach Brett Brown appeared on NBCSN's Dan Patrick Show (h/t NBC Sports Philadelphia) on Friday and said: "[Embiid] will not play in Game 1. The club is 9-0 without its All-Star center, who averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 63 games in the regular season.


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