Embiid (eye) will play and start during Thursday's Game 3 against the Heat, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Embiid was upgraded from doubtful to probable earlier in the day -- now officially being cleared to take the floor. He'll be wearing a mask with protective eyewear built into it, which is also reportedly stronger than a normal mask. Embiid will also not be under any sort of minutes restriction. So, he should be expected to see his usual workload of about 30 minutes per game -- possibly more considering it's the playoffs. In three regular-season appearances against the Heat this season, Embiid averaged 19.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.0 block.
Embiid (eye) has been upgraded to probable for Game 3 against the Heat on Thursday, Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Embiid was originally given a doubtful designation and was expected to miss a third straight playoff game, but he's since been upgraded to probable after being reevaluated. That likely means Embiid went through some sort of contact during shootaround and felt comfortable enough to be cleared. While it will still be worth it to monitor his status up until tip-off, Embiid is fully expected to be back in the lineup and should reclaim a starting role right away. Considering the location of the injury, it doesn't seem likely he has restrictions, unless of course his conditioning isn't where it needs to be. Either way, this is great news for the 76ers, who will be getting their All-Star center back. In the corresponding move, Ersan Ilyasova will head to the bench, while Amir Johnson's minutes should take a hit as well.
The lack of a status upgrade implies that Embiid wasn't able to take contact at shootaround, which likely represents the final hurdle he'll need to clear before the 76ers give him the green light to return to the lineup. Philadelphia will presumably wait and see what Embiid is able to do at practice Friday before determining if he's fit to play in Game 4 in Miami on Saturday. With the franchise big man likely on tap for an 11th straight absence Thursday, however, Ersan Ilyasova should draw another start at center, with Amir Johnson acting as the primary backup.
Embiid (eye) is listed as doubtful for Game 3 against the Heat on Thursday, Derek Bodner of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
Embiid was able to go through some light practicing Wednesday, though he's yet to take part in contact and that appears to be his final hurdle before being cleared for his playoff debut. As of now, Embiid has been given a doubtful designation Thursday, so barring a surprise, his next shot to play will be Game 4 on Saturday. That said, it will still be worth it to monitor his status up through pregame warmups to make sure Embiid is ruled out as expected. Ersan Ilyasova moved into the starting lineup at center in Game 2 and appears likely to do so again after posting a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double across 28 minutes.
Embiid (eye) will take part some "light practicing" Wednesday, but there is no update on his status ahead of Thursday's Game 3 against Miami, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
Though it was reported that Embiid did not participate in any contact drills during Tuesday's practice, coach Brett Brown revealed Wednesday that Embiid did take part in some contact drills Tuesday. So, it appears he's making steady progress and could be available for Thursday's game assuming Wednesday's practice goes well. That said, the team continues to keep his status in the dark, so we'll have to consider him simply questionable for the contest until further notice.
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