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

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ESPN's Zach Lowe reports that Embiid could return in two to four weeks.

Bad luck hits Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid as he suffers an injury just when the National Basketball Association playoffs is drawing close.

Few players have made a larger difference for their teams this season than Embiid, who has had enormous impact at both ends of the court.

Embiid is the Sixers' leader in points, rebounds and blocks, averaging 22.9 points, 11 boards and 1.8 blocks per game. Embiid sat up once before lying back down on the court.

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The seven-footer left the game with the help of some trainers and didn't return. Embiid and Fultz collided during the second quarter of the game, requiring the big man to miss the rest of the game as he would head to the hospital for tests.

Immediately following the injury, Embiid passed the NBA's locker room concussion assessment tool. Here's the latest on Joel Embiid's injury situation and whether he'll be able to play again soon for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Embiid, a first-time NBA All-Star this season, has been a key part of the 76ers' success as they prepare for their first playoff berth since the 2011-12 season. My heart dropped. He's a tough guy. After the game, Fultz sent out prayers for his recovering teammate.

The Sixers remain a half game behind Cleveland for the third spot in the East, so the team will really need to cut down on mistakes more than usual and stay aggressive, despite just playing the Hawks on Friday. The Sixers (44-30) now own the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference and are likely to face the Indiana Pacers (45-31) in the first-round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs which get underway on April 14.

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