Joel Embiid ‘Doubtful’ For Game 3 Vs Heat

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Well, 76ers fans, I have some good news and some bad news.

The good news is that All-Star center Joel Embiid has cleared concussion protocol after suffering a nasty elbow to the face last week in Game 6 of the first round of the playoffs against the Toronto Raptors. He also participated in the team shoot-around this morning.

The bad news is that he is still listed as “doubtful” for Game 3 tonight. Keep in mind that the “doubtful” listing is an upgrade from his previous status of “out,” per ESPN. Small victories, I guess.

His team has sorely missed his contributions. They currently sit 0-2 in the Eastern Conference semifinal series, during which they have gone a paltry 14-for-64 in 3-pointers, per ESPN.

Still, teammate Tyrese Maxey remains focused:

“We’re just preparing to win the game,” Maxey said earlier on Friday. “Hopefully he plays. If he plays, great. If he doesn’t play, he doesn’t play, and we’re just preparing as [if it’s] another game — a game that we have to win.”

That’s the spirit of 76 that we like to see.


Should Embiid somehow sneak into the lineup tonight, he will have to wear a face mask — and no, not the kind that busybodies in Leftist cities still want you to wear. Embiid will have to go back into the Batcave and unearth the mask he wore a few years ago when he sustained a similar facial injury.

Joel Embiid puts on face mask
(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Even if he doesn’t make it back into the lineup, he should wear that mask on the bench. The Heat never agreed to take on Batman.

Written by Cortney Weil

Cortney Weil has a PhD in Shakespearean drama but now spends her days reading and writing about her first passion: sports. She loves God, her husband, and all things Michigan State.

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