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The Philadelphia 76ers, winners of 13 consecutive games after their thrilling 132-130 win over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, are hoping to take yet another step.
Specifically, the return of All-Star center Joel Embiid.
The team, through a statement from vice president of athlete care Dr. Daniel Medina, gave an update on his possible return Friday night:
Joel Embiid underwent a post-operative examination by Dr. Jurij R. Bilyk and Dr. Howard Krein following successful surgery last Saturday to address the fractured orbital bone in his left eye. The surgeons were pleased with how the affected area is presenting to date and will determine when it is safe and medically advisable for Embiid to return to play.
With regards to the concussion he sustained, Embiid was cleared by an independent neurologist earlier this week. In order to complete the NBA’s concussion protocol, Embiid is now slated to begin the non-contact cardiovascular exertion steps required.
There is no timetable for Embiid’s return to play. Further updates will be provided as appropriate.