While no timetable for his return has been made public, the second or third round remains a posibility.
Part of the 76ers’ well-publicized 13-game winning streak can be attributed to its powder-puff closing schedule, as the Cleveland Cavaliers were the only Eastern Conference team they beat with a winning record during this run.
In the Cavaliers game, the 76ers bench won the game for them, seeing that Ben Simmons was a -3, JJ Redick a -10, and as a group, the Sixers bench beat the Cavaliers reserves, with Marco Belinelli making 6 3-pointers.
Without Embiid, Hassan Whiteside would match up against Amir Johnson, with James Johnson against Simmons, both of whom attempted zero treys versus the Cavaliers, while Dario Saric and Robert Covington went a combined 3 of 12 on their attempts for a triple.
If Miami overcomes those teams, then a Dwyane Wade versus LeBron James, or a Heat versus Toronto Raptors, confrontation emerges for a chance to reach the NBA Finals and its immense worldwide exposure.