Joel Embiid looks set to start Sixers Game 3 vs Heat


It looks like the Philadelphia Sixers center will start Friday night’s Game 3 against the Miami Heat.

Head coach Doc Rivers told reporters before the game that “we still don’t know”. However, all signs seem to point to him playing. Rivers said Embiid will go through pre-game warm-ups and see how he feels.

The announced timeframe for Embiid’s return was reported to be indefinitely after center went down with an orbital fracture and concussion.

Since Embiid was ruled out with injury late in the fourth quarter of a Game 6 win over Toronto in the first round, the Sixers have gone 0-2 in subsequent second-round games without him against the Heat. , first in the series.

Before going down, the center was averaging 26.1 points per game, leading the Sixers’ offense.

DeAndre Jordan replaced Embiid in the starting lineup. In both games as a starter, Jordan averaged five points, 3.5 rebounds in 15 minutes per game.

Paul Reed also saw a slight increase in minutes (18 per game) with Embiid on the shelf the last two games. If Embiid returns, expect Reed to return to his primary backup role with Jordan returning to the bench

Game 3 tips at the Wells Faro Center at 7 p.m. on ESPN South Jersey’s 97.3 Sixers station.

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