Embiid was still listed as doubtful by the 76ers on Thursday morning, hours before they would face the Miami Heat in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. His concussion is no longer an issue as Embiid cleared the league's protocol on Sunday.
Coming off a 113-103 loss to the Heat in Game 2 on Monday night, the Sixers need their best player, who was named an All-Star starter this year, just his second NBA season, and is in the running for Defensive Player of the Year and All-NBA.
After Philadelphia lost Game 2 on Monday night, Embiid took to Instagram to vent his frustrations, writing, "F--ing sick and exhausted of being babied". "When he's not able to do that, he gets frustrated".
Now, two questions loom larger over Thursday night's Game 3 as the Sixers look to bounce back from their first loss since March 13.
"Space, speed and the fundamentals of getting open", coach Brett Brown said before his team's practice Tuesday, a day before it departed for Miami. So teams are going to then slump off him, take away the space in the half-court offence and play a mental game.
"I love competing against guys like that, who you know want to hit each other and knock each other down, which is good".
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Embiid posted on his Instagram story yesterday some frustration and, potentially disagreement with coach Brown about his being on the same page.
In Embiid's absence, the Sixers performed admirably - the eight-game winning streak with him extended into 17-game one without him.
"Whenever the time comes when he does play, I think [his conditioning will improve] in a more rapid way".
"The way Winslow sees things the physicality and trash talk in this series, which is already high, figures to rise to another level again - especially if Embiid returns". "Whenever I'm out on the court, I'm just going to play as hard as I can". In 26 minutes off the bench, Wade totaled 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
"Everyone's happy that he's back", forward Robert Covington said.
The Heat increased their defensive intensity to level the first-round National Basketball Association playoffs series after being convincingly beaten in game one.