Joel Embiid Clears Concussion Protocol (Updated)

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (from 2018)

From Shams:

Good news!

Now he just has to deal with a broken face and screwed up thumb while pulling his team out of a 0-2 series hole against the #1 seed. No pressure.

Something a friend brought up was the orbital fracture from the 2017-2018 season, you know, when Markelle Fultz clattered into him right before the playoffs. He made his postseason debut with the mask on, and played three games against Miami and five games against Boston, averaging 21 points, 13 rebounds, and three assists while turning the ball over about 3.5 times on average. He did play pretty well after coming back from the first time he broke his face, but that was almost five years ago and he also has the thumb issue now, so it’s really hard to compare the two. But now you have the numbers, if you wanted them.

Here’s what Embiid should wear tonight to protect his face: