That job may have just grown more complex. With Joel Embiid missing the first two series games, the big man might return and make his series debut on Friday night in Philadelphia for Game 3.
Through two games, the Miami Heat have crushed the Philadelphia 76ers for the most part. The Miami Heat have held James Harden to an average of 18 points per game in two games, putting pressure on the 76ers’ greatest player on the floor.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that there is hope for Philly’s top big man’s return to play after previous reports that he has passed concussion protocol. That will undoubtedly make things more difficult for the Miami Heat, who seek to go up 3-0.
So far in their series, the Miami Heat have overpowered Philadelphia. However, Joel Embiid’s potential return for Game 3 adds intrigue.
Playing against DeAndre Jordan, who has taken over as the Sixers’ starting center. Isn’t the same as playing the man who might, and arguably should, have won the league MVP award this season. Though he won’t be 100 % when he returns, having him on the court makes a huge impact.
In the paint and on the perimeter, he creates mismatches. The Heat is considered “small,” but their grit, toughness, and team style of the game enable them to play more significantly than they are.
However, Joel Embiid’s combination of sheer stature and diverse abilities on the basketball floor can be overwhelming at times. However, the issue remains as to how much of oneself you can expect him to be.
That’s a question you’ll have to wait to find out till you see him on the court. You have to cope with the lights, noises, and various stimulation of a packed stadium during playoff time. As recounted by Turner’s Chris Haynes during Game 2.
Then there’s the physical activity, the tempo of that activity at the NBA level, and, most importantly, the general physicality of play. Is he capable of carrying all of that only to a place of physical comfort?
We’ll have to wait and see. At least, that’s what the reporting indicates.