The Philadelphia 76ers are in Miami forward of Sport three of their deadlocked first spherical collection with the Warmth on Thursday, and the largest query for the Sixers is the standing of All-Star middle Joel Embiid.
Embiid has been out since March 28 when he suffered a facial fracture and a concussion after a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. In that point, the Sixers are 9-1 with out their star, however sadly for Philly, that one loss was in Sport 2, leaving them tied 1-1 with the Warmth because the collection shifts to South Seaside.
After that loss, Embiid let his frustration boil over into an Instagram Story submit the place he stated he was “f*cking sick and bored with being babied.” Brett Brown shrugged it off as him simply desirous to play, which is what Embiid stated in explaining the submit additional. Embiid needs to be on the ground and the Sixers definitely need that, too, however as has lengthy been the case with their star participant, they’re taking each precaution earlier than permitting him again on the court docket.
So whereas Sport three was considered the anticipated return for Embiid, as he has already handed the NBA’s concussion protocol, he’s formally listed as uncertain for Thursday night time.
Uncertain is healthier than out, nevertheless it’s nonetheless not essentially the most encouraging signal that the Sixers may have him again. As they proved in Sport 1 and of their run earlier than the playoffs, this staff is definitely able to successful with out him, however in addition they may very a lot use his presence, particularly on protection. It’s attainable Embiid is a go on Thursday night time in Miami, and he did undergo observe on Wednesday, nevertheless it appears as if we would have to attend one other sport (or extra) earlier than we see him again in motion.
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