Joel Embiid Clears NBA's Concussion Protocol

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The 76ers head into Tuesday's Game 2 showdown with the Miami Heat riding a 17-game winning streak - including Saturday's 130-103 win at Wells Fargo Center - and with the knowledge that Joel Embiid's return may come sooner than later. Embiid, who missed the final eight games of the regular season after colliding with teammate Markelle Fultz and suffering an orbital bone fracture and a concussion, told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that he feels ready to contribute.

Philadelphia won 16 straight games to close out the regular season. He must pass concussion protocol and contact drills before being cleared to play.

Veteran Amir Johnson will likely start in place of the injured Embiid in Game 1 of the Sixers' first-round playoff series.

Coach Brett Brown shrugged when asked if Embiid's return, or lack thereof is linked to the success the Sixers have had without them.

Game 2 is Monday night at 8 p.m. Miami will not be able to win many games if they allow their opponent to shoot that many three-pointers and make the at that high of a percentage.

Zidane: It was a penalty, Buffon didn't deserve to be sent off
He made a great save off a close-range shot by Gareth Bale about 10 minutes into the match, and came up big again to block Isco's angled shot near the end of the half.

The star guard collected 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds for Philadephia, which played without leading big man Joel Embiid.

"I feel fine", Redick said. He will not play in Game 1 and from that point going forward, we'll figure some stuff out.

When Embiid does return he will wear a mask to protect his face from aggravating the injury.

Philadelphia has handled Embiid's absence well. Miami will need to focus on protecting the ball against some very stingy Philadelphia defenders in the next game.

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