With AP Photos.Joel Embiid is starting again, after Philadelphia upgraded their injured center's status.
Game 3 between the Heat and the 76ers takes place tonight from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.
Joel Embiid remains mired in Philadelphia's latest process, one he's found frustrating.
Embiid has missed Philadelphia's last 10 games while recovering from a concussion and surgery that repaired a fractural orbital bone around his left eye. No matter how "fucking sick and exhausted of being babied" Embiid is, it sounds like there's real danger in letting him play.
Translated: Embiid was declaring himself ready to play, and now the 76ers agree. At risk of re-injury, he is wearing a protective mask that includes a built-in set of goggles.
The mask is dark in color but translucent.
Earlier Thursday, coach Brett Brown wouldn't go so far as to say Embiid had been cleared to return, saying it would depend on what he saw during pregame warm-ups. "He had a little bit of contact, trying to get used to the mask, felt some bodies". His initial playoff appearance this year will be the first postseason game of his career. "We like what we've seen over the past few days", Brown said. He finished with 19 points, and his plus-minus was minus-27, the worst on the Heat. "But you have to spend a little bit of time".
In 63 games played this season, Embiid led the 76ers in scoring with 22.9 points per game.