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Joel Embiid clears major hurdle with Game 3 status up in the air

Joel Embiid holds a ball

Nov 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) warms up before action against the Sacramento Kings at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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 suffered a concussion and orbital fracture in the Sixers’ Game 6 series-clinching win over the Toronto Raptors last week. He had already been playing through a significant hand injury.

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.


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