According to rumors heading into Game 3, the Sixers wanted to have Embiid back in play. But head coach Doc Rivers made it apparent that there were still obstacles for the five-time All-Star to overcome.
The Philadelphia 76ers will meet the Miami Heat for the third game of their second-round series on Friday night. Due to an orbital fracture, a concussion, and a broken thumb ligament. Philadelphia’s standout center Joel Embiid missed the first two games of the series earlier this week.
Because Embiid did not travel with the team last Sunday afternoon, he anticipated missing Games 1 and 2. The Sixers put up a reasonable effort without Embiid on the floor. But they labored on both sides of the ball and couldn’t escape Miami with a victory.
Embiid was declared out when the 76ers posts their injury report on Thursday night. However, after clearing from the NBA’s concussion protocol. Embiid took part in a shootaround practice with the Sixers on Friday morning in Camden, New Jersey.
The big man upgrades from out to questionable on Friday morning during his shootaround workout. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Sixers were optimistic about Embiid’s playing condition after the morning practice.
Doc Rivers held his pregame news conference less than two hours before the game on Friday.
He was still unclear about Embiid’s condition and considered him a game-time decision.Embiid felt comfortable enough to play on Friday night. After going through his regular pregame warmups for the first time since Game 6 of the first round. Doc Rivers doesn’t expect the five-time All-Star to restrict until he suffers an in-game setback. Given that the Sixers know they’ll have him on board for the first time during the second-round series.
“There is no limit, “Before the game Rivers stated. “There is no upper limit. It’s all visual. We have others watching as well, and they’ll come up to me after halftime. Hopefully not during the first or second quarter of the game, as has occurred in the past, and tell me they don’t like anything.”
Doc Rivers hasn’t seen Embiid do much recently because he hasn’t been able to work out due to his concussion protocol. But, according to Rivers, as long as Embiid is healthy enough to play. The big man expects to go out as long as he’s ready for the task.