Joel Embiid clears major hurdle with Game 3 status up in the air
The Philadelphia 76ers have listed Joel Embiid as out for Game 3 against the Miami Heat on Friday night, but there have been reports that the five-time All-Star is doing all he can to play. At the very least, Embiid has cleared one significant hurdle.
Embiid has cleared concussion protocol, which is a minimum of five days in the NBA. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, he is still doing everything in his power to play in Game 3 despite the Sixers saying he will be out. Embiid has been fitted for a mask and there is “optimism” that he will suit up.
There’s optimism Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid will return tonight in Game 3 vs. Heat, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. He has been fitted for a mask and will need to feel comfortable before green light. One of the NBA's great play-through-pain efforts recently.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 6, 2022
The Heat have a 2-0 lead in the series, so it goes without saying that Philadelphia needs Embiid. However, he is still dealing with numerous injuries.
Embiid and his teammates know that the series is likely over if the 76ers lose Game 3 and fall into a 3-0 hole. If there is any way he can fight through the injuries, he will almost certainly do so.