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As per the official NBA Injury Report, Joel Embiid is officially considered questionable to play in Sunday's Game 4 against the Heat.
Joel Embiid played a full 36 minutes in his Game 3 return, finished with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Embiid came out of Game 3 without reporting any setback so barring anything flaring up before Sunday night, his questionable tag appears to be precautionary. Embiid's Game fantasy performance was not up his DFS price tag, but now that he has had a game to get re-accustomed to his "Phantom of the Process" protective mask, look for him to return to more of his MVP-candidate level of production in Game 4.
Philadelphia 76ers C Joel Embiid is expected to play for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals barring any setbacks, according to Chris Haynes.
Embiid, who has continued to miss several playoff games including the last two games against the Heat, has been cleared to play on Friday for Game 3 agains the Heat. The superstar center cleared the NBA concussion protocols early Friday morning but is still dealing with an orbital fracture and a torn ligament in his thumb but will gut it out as the 76ers look to rebound down 2-0 in their series. With the veteran back in the lineup, DeAndre Jordan and Furkan Kormaz will see their minutes decreased.
Joel Embiid has been fitted for a protective mask and will attempt to return for Game 3 Friday night against the Heat as reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Joel Embiid is still recovering from an orbital fracture and torn thumb ligament but he has cleared concussion protocols and will attempt to return Friday. He has been fitted for a mask to protect his orbital fracture and attempt to continue to play through his injuries. Embiid will have to feel comfortable in the mask while on the court during warmups before the final call can be made on his status, Check back closer to tipoff but if Embiid plays, with everything on the line, he should see his usual high volume role and minutes.
Joel Embiid did not travel with the team to Miami for Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals but could return as soon as Game 3 or 4 in Philadelphia according to ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
There is optimism in Philadelphia that Joel Embiid could return from a orbital fracture and concussion as early as Game 3 on Friday but he has a few hurdles to pass first. Embiid will have to (and is expected to) clear concussion protocols before he meets with a doctor Wednesday about his orbital fracture. If the fracture is stable, Embiid could be cleared to play wearing a protective mask, presumably like the one he did after suffering an orbital fracture in 2018.
Sixers star center Joel Embiid will be out indefinitely after suffering a right orbital fracture and a mild concussion against the Raptors Thursday.
Embiid has already been dealing with a torn ligament in his thumb, and now he is dealing with two additional injuries that will leave him without a timetable for a return. He sustained these injuries in Game 6 against the Raptors on Thursday, and he will likely miss much of the series against the Heat. The Sixers will need to rely on their depth bigs like Paul Reed and DeAndre Jordan to step up and fill in during Embiid's prolonged absence.