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Sixers' Joel Embiid diagnosed with concussion and orbital bone fracture

01 April 2018, 12:10 | Stacy Ballard

Report: Joel Embiid Taken to Hospital After Collision with Markelle Fultz

Embiid (facial contusion) sidelined by collision

Per ESPN's Zach Lowe, if surgery is successful Embiid is expected to miss two to four weeks, which would put the first round of the playoffs in jeopardy.

While Embiid was injured during the collision, rookie guard Markelle Fultz came away unscathed.

Sixers officials said Wednesday that Embiid passed National Basketball Association concussion tests in the locker room and was taken to a Philadelphia hospital for precautionary tests. Averaging 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 blocks in 30.3 minutes per game this season, the All-Star starter has simply been dominant at both ends of the floor.

Fultz was driving toward the basket 20 seconds into the period when he appeared to accidentally head-butt Embiid.

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But the team is showing signs of promise under Schmid, the club's veteran German-American coach, and has opened the season 1-1-0. If he feels comfortable immediately, he could even debut in a derby against their new archrival Los Angeles FC on March 31.

Embiid collapsed and was motionless on the court.

The Sixers announced Embiid suffered a facial contusion on Wednesday night, but have since downgraded their superstar.

According to a statement released Thursday, Embiid was asymptomatic when checked for a concussion immediately after the injury and passed the NBA's concussion assessment. Still, that's a drop from how well Philadelphia has been playing with Embiid. "I was trying to get the ball at the same time I was watching him".

Unfortunately, all the Sixers and their fans can do at the moment is wait to see how these additional tests go, as they prepare for Thursday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. "He's a tough guy". The team has already clinched a spot in the postseason, and now has the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference, with the potential to move up ahead of Cleveland, depending on how their remaining games go. At the moment they sit just a half game below Cleveland for the East's third seed.

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