76ers star ruled out of Game 2 against Heat

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ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that all Embiid had to do to clear concussion protocol was prove he could withstand contact.

Ben Simmons narrowly missed a triple-double, and the Philadelphia 76ers punished the visiting Miami Heat from long range en route to an easy 130-103 victory Saturday in an Eastern Conference first round series opener.

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

The 7-footer wore the mask during pregame shooting drills and would need one in the postseason.

After game two Monday, the 76ers will stay in Philadelphia for workouts before traveling to Miami on Wednesday ahead of game three on Thursday, the soonest Embiid could return to the lineup.

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Joel Embiid's return will have to wait until Friday (AEST) at the earliest.

"I feel fine", Redick said.

He's the first rookie in history to record that many points, rebounds and assists in their first playoff game. "And to have him come back and save the day because we lost Game 1, that's not going to happen". The third seed in the East torched their conference rival by 27 points, 130-103, as Ben Simmons almost marked a triple-double in his first playoff game.

Overall, Philadelphia has won 17 consecutive games. 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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