However, he has cleared concussion protocol and Embiid himself has been campaigning on social media to get back into the lineup. The Philadelphia 76ers couldn't handle the Heat, literally, as they dropped Game 2 at home, 113-103.
"[Expletive] sick and exhausted of being babied", Embiid wrote Monday night on his Instagram account.
This season Embiid finally had the chance to show why the 76ers gambled on him with the No. 3 pick in 2014, exploding for a double-double per game and his first All-Star Game selection since spending his first three seasons hampered by injuries. "That's not how we want to play". "When he's not able to do that, he gets frustrated".
What happened Monday night was the best thing that could have occurred to a young team that's dabbing its big toe into the playoff pool for the first time. So teams are going to then slump off him, take away the space in the half-court offence and play a mental game. He had a little bit of contact, trying to get used to the mask, you know, felt some bodies.
There remains no definitive timetable for Embiid's return.
Embiid, who is looking at a return to play following surgery to address a broken orbital bone on the left side of his face, will ultimately need final clearance from the surgical team responsible for performing the operation, per a source. Although the Sixers have listed Embiid as doubtful, the Heat are preparing to see him one way or the other.
So it's obvious, with the Heat series tied at a game apiece, that the Sixers miss his presence.
"We played that first game like a regular-season game", Wade said.
"Whenever the time comes when he does play, I think [his conditioning will improve] in a more rapid way".
In his absence, Amir Johnson (2 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block in 22 minutes) started at center in Game 1, and Ersan Ilyasova (14 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal, 5 fouls, 28 minutes) stepped in for Game 2.
76ers forward Robert Covington said: "Overall, everybody is happy he's back".