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Joel Embiid Suffers Orbital Bone Fracture: Fans React

Joel Embiid reacting to a call during a game.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 18: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center on October 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the basketball world learned that Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid was battling through a torn ligament in his finger.

Embiid was able to play through the pain as the 76ers closed out the Toronto Raptors. However, him being on the court came with a stiff price.

According to a report from NBA insider Shams Charania, Embiid suffered a broken orbital bone. As a result, there is no timetable for when he might return to the team.

"76ers All-NBA star Joel Embiid suffered a right orbital fracture and mild concussion in series-clinching Game 6 win last night in Toronto," Charania reported. "He will be listed as out and there is no timetable for his return."

Fans were crushed by the news - and made it clear they weren't happy with the 76ers coaching staff. The injury happened with just four minutes left in the fourth quarter of a game the 76ers were dominating.

"Joel Embiid missed 3 weeks when he fractured his orbital bone 4 years ago and returned to play in the playoffs with a mask," one Philadelphia reporter said. "Against the Heat This is just terrible news for Joel dealing with another tough injury."

It's a brutal loss for the 76ers as they gear up to take on the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference: the Miami Heat.