Joel Embiid to remain sidelined for Game 2

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Goran Dragic, returning to the starting lineup after missing the final regular season game with a sore knee scored 15 points for Miami, while James Johnson finished with 13.

Anthony Davis scored 35 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as visiting New Orleans held off Portland to win the opener of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Note from Sixers practice: Joel Embiid is out for Game 2 and has cleared the NBA's concussion protocol.

The Heat will have another chance to face the Joel Embiid-less Sixers.

Although Embiid has missed the past eight games, the 76ers have thrived with an 8-0 record during that stretch.

Joel Embiid hasn't played since March 28 when he suffered a broken bone around his left eye in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz.

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

Embiid's next opportunity to make his return will come in Thursday's Game 3 in Miami.

In Game 1 against the Heat, Philadelphia ran away in the second half winning 130-103.

Philadelphia announced that Embiid is no longer in the league's concussion protocol. He will not play in Game 1 and from that point going forward, we'll figure some stuff out. Philadelphia should be able to win Game 2 without him if they play like that again.

Overall, Philadelphia has won 17 consecutive games.

The Heat will need to regroup and in a hurry with Game 2 around the corner on Monday.

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