Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said Friday he has no idea how long Joel Embiid will be with an orbital fracture around his left eye.
Embiid will undergo surgery after the swelling subsided, Brown said. The All-Star Center also has a concussion; He suffered both injuries in a collision with his team-mate Markelle Fultz on Wednesday night
"After the swelling subsides and when the surgery happens," said Brown, "we'll all have a better sense of accurate news Information. "
Brown said he had spoken with Embiid several times since the injury.
"The beauty of FaceTime," Brown said. "He's just disappointed, he's been through a lot, we need to help him ̵
Brown said Amir Johnson would start against the Hawks in the middle of the Sixers on Friday night.
"I do not feel the need to really tie myself up," Brown said. "I try to see it as positive as possible, I really see opportunities and this thing is one of them where you can try different things."
The Sixers have already reached a place in the playoffs, starting on April 14, but struggling to maintain home advantage in the first round.
Zach Lowe of ESPN reported that Embiid could be back in two to four weeks, awaiting the outcome of the operation.
According to NBA Advanced Stats, Philadelphia has outscored opponents with 11.6 points per 100 possessions with Embiid in the lineup. As Embiid goes on the bench, the 76ers were surpassed by 3.9 points per 100 possessions.
"He has overcome so many things and played such good basketball," said Brown, "your immediate reaction is disappointing for him." 19659002] "Then it goes quickly to the team, but we're looking forward to uncovering something, unfolding something we might not have expected otherwise, and gaining some time to continue winning games to gain a home advantage and easy Time to win the return of Joel Embiid. "