76ers star centre Joel Embiid placed into NBA's concussion protocol

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons

A timetable has not be determined according to the team, but ESPN's Zach Lowe is reporting that it could be 2-4 weeks. The 24-year-old is averaging 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 blocks this season, earning his first all-star nod and defensive player of the year consideration.

Fultz was driving toward the basket 20 seconds into the period when he appeared to accidentally head-butt Embiid.

Amazingly, that's true despite the fact that Philadelphia coach Brett Brown has staggered the minutes of his two stars, keeping Ben Simmons on the court more than 80 percent of the time Embiid is on the bench.

Embiid released a brief video on Instagram late Wednesday night, sharing a message of "not good" while laying in a hospital bed.

The Sixers announced Embiid suffered a facial contusion on Wednesday night, but have since downgraded their superstar. It's a huge blow to a Sixers team fighting for home court advantage in the first round, as Embiid will nearly definitely be out the rest of the regular season.

Joel Embiid was right to be concerned in the hours after a head-on collision. "He's a tough guy".

Fultz was playing in only his second game back from a 68-game absence, one caused by a shoulder injury and prolonged by his struggles to regain his shooting form and confidence.

Philadelphia is now holding on to the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The 76ers were scheduled to travel to Atlanta on Thursday for a Friday game, March 31, against the Hawks. The bad news is one of those playoff opponents is a showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 6 that could determine the third seed in the East. "I'm anxious about him, but I believe he's OK".

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