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Sixers' Joel Embiid doubtful for Game 3 against Miami

Sixers' Joel Embiid doubtful for Game 3 against Miami

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade scored 21 points in the first half and finished with 28 points on 11-for-16 shooting Monday to lead the Heat to a 113-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers Sixers in Game 2, tying their series at 1-1.

Embiid suffered the fracture in his orbital bone in the 76ers' matchup with the Knicks March 29. Embiid had hoped to play in Game 2 after the NBA's concussion protocol, but the Sixers are being conservative with his return to the court and ultimately ruled him out.

The Sixers can not afford to trail the series 2-1 after Thursday night, especially with the Heat threatening to sweep the home series putting the Sixers on the brink of a first round exit when they return home next Tuesday.

Embiid lobbied to get back on the court after Monday night's loss in game two of the best-of-seven series, using some colorful language and saying he's "sick and exhausted of being babied".

Game 3 will be played in Miami on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

If he wants to play, let him play, before it's too late.

Sixers coach Brett Brown has said several times that the club missed Embiid badly in Game 2.

All of a sudden, Miami faces less pressure heading home since they were able to steal at least one of the first two games in Philadelphia. But I do know the spirit in which he delivers that Tweet. reflects my conversations with him.

Publicly, Embiid has worn various protective masks during shootaround - which he'll likely have to wear when/if he returns to game action as a preventative measure - and even labeled himself the "Phantom of the Process".

With the help of Embiid, Philadelphia snapped a five-year playoff drought by going 52-30 during the regular season.

Embiid was still not cleared for contact but was scheduled to participate somewhat in practice Tuesday.

The All-Star big man is listed as doubtful for Thursday's Game 3.

"Whenever the time comes when he does play, I think [his conditioning will improve] in a more rapid way. I just want the green light to play".

76ers forward Robert Covington said: "Overall, everybody is happy he's back".

Between Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, it was the Philadelphia 76ers who figured to feature the modern day star power in their opening round series with the Miami Heat.


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