The Sixer's Joel Embiid has been upgraded from "out" to "questionable" ̵
The first round of the NBA Playoffs continues today with three crucial Game 3s. Follow here for the latest analysis and commentary from NBA reporter Tim Bontemps of The Post and ask him questions in the comments. Experience the games of last night here.
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Joel Embiid watched Monday night from the bank as his Philadelphia 76ers lost for the first time in weeks. Immediately after Game 2, he went to Instagram and made clear how he felt when he had to sit around his left eye in the first two games of the first round of his team against the Miami Heat with a broken orbital bone.
"[Expletive] sick and tired of being babied," wrote Embiid.
Then he talked to ESPN about it and said, "I promised the city the playoffs, and I'm not on the court, and I may not be on Thursday [for Game 3]."
"I wish more than anything others, that I'm out there. I just want to play the green light.
Now he's catching up.
After doubting Embiid on both Wednesday and early Thursday, the Sixers probably upgraded their star center two hours before Game 3 and probably made it into the American on Thursday night Airlines Arena in Miami makes its playoff debut It seems it's doubtful how typically cloaked teams engage in the postseason.
Sixers coach Brett Brown said before the game on Thursday that Embiid will be in his first game since his Injury at home no minute limit would be against the New York Knicks March 28. There is still some intrigue about how Embiid's mask will look like he wore a black mask, but the NBA previously banned them.
Philadelphia was one of the NBA's hottest teams, winning 17 games in one before losing in Game 2, and has won nine of these games – including the Cleveland Cavaliers at home this month – sit out with Embiid. This part of the series was the most recent impressive aspect of the Sixers' rapid development this season, which prevents them from bringing Embiid back before he is completely ready to play.
While players can wear a mask with such an injury – and Embiid was outfitted with one – it's risky for someone like Embiid, who plays in the paint, to come back too early and risk an elbow or a shoulder in the wrong way to go, just as teammate Markelle Fultz has hit him
But the Sixers were careful with his health at every turn. Now we will see how the "phantom of the process", as it is now called, will look like in its return.
Embiid's return will also affect the series in which both teams are forced to adapt to his present.
Philadelphia has got used to playing a very different style without her massive center, and there will be a stretch where Embiid breaks down the rust and the Six get used to having him back.
It's a big problem, with all 16 playoff teams in order. But there is still something Philadelphia needs to work through.
There is also the potential for Hassan Whiteside to actually have a role in the Miami series with Embiid. Whiteside was largely ineffective in the first two games of this series against the small Sixers with ground clearance.
As with stylistic changes, paying attention to Embiid's return is another matter.
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