Sixers Embiid won't play in Game 2 against Heat

In his formal out-on-the-town mask Sixers center Joel Embiid rings the replica Liberty Bell to get the crowd going at Wells Fargo Center ahead of a 130-103 win over Miami in Game 1 of their playoff series

In Embiid, the Sixers have a big-game player that who excels on the national stage.

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid comes out in a "Phantom of the Opera" mask as he rings a Liberty Bell replica before Game 1 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Philadelphia.

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.

According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Embiid passed the NBA's concussion protocol, but remains out.

This marks the 10th straight game the all-star will miss since fracturing the orbital bone near his left eye and suffering a concussion against the New York Knicks on March 28.

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Belinelli scored 25 with four 3s; Ilyasova went for 17 points and 14 rebounds and was the catalyst as Philly started taking over the game, Dario Saric chipped in 20 points and four 3s of his own, and Simmons went for 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds while getting his first taste of the postseason. "We gonna see how it feels in the next couple of days".

Embiid's presence made the Sixers a better defensive team.

"I feel fine", Redick said.

The Sixers, of course, would defeat Miami comprehensively in Game 1 (130-103).

Klay Thompson scored a game-high 27 points and Kevin Durant chipped in with 24 as Golden State began its title defense with an easy win over San Antonio in Oakland, Calif.

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