76ers center Joel Embiid doubtful for Game 3 against Heat


After previously being listed as doubtful, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been upgraded to probable for Game 3 of the team's playoff series with the Miami Heat on Thursday, making it likely he will make his playoff debut.

Embiid (eye) will play and start during Thursday's Game 3 against the Heat, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

According to Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer, Embiid will not be on a minutes restriction in his first game back since suffering the injury, and the amount of playing time he sees will exclusively depend on his conditioning. He has not yet played in this series. He took some foul-line jumpers, 3-pointers and then a handful of 40-footers during the portion of the 76ers' time of the floor that was visible to reporters.

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"We like what we have seen over the past few days", Brown said. He's no longer in the NBA's concussion protocol.

Translated: Embiid was declaring himself ready to play, and now the 76ers agree. Charania adds that Embiid will likely wear a mask and goggles, although there has been no word from the National Basketball Association if the league has approved the black mask Embiid has been training in. The mask is dark in color but translucent.

"I want Joel Embiid in this mix", Brown said. "He had a little bit of contact, trying to get used to the mask, felt some bodies".

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While only time will tell if the 76ers are able to make the adjustments to their game plan needed to steal a win or two at South Beach, one thing is for sure, it's doubtful that Embiid will be on the court for either game.

Embiid averaged 22.9 points and 11 rebounds in 63 games this season.

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