Joel Embiid rings bell while wearing mask before 76ers playoff game

Joel Embiid rings bell while wearing mask before 76ers playoff game

Joel Embiid rings bell while wearing mask before 76ers playoff game

Joel Embiid will not play in Game 2 of the 76ers' opening-round playoff series with the Miami Heat. He's also recovering from surgery to fix an orbital fracture.

"It's about what's best for Joel's health", Brown said.

Overall, Philadelphia is riding a 16-game winning streak into the playoffs.

Miami and Philly split the season series with big scoring swings in each game. And while they won't have him for Game 2 either, he's this close to coming back.

But the coach added that it would be hard to put together a full scrimmage for Embiid, whose conditioning may be a factor upon his return. Brown said. "They will manage that and craft that".

"If it was my decision, I would play, but I can't get back out on the court if I don't have the OK from them", Embiid told ESPN before Sunday's game. "The game is more then offense, there's different ways I Impact games, that's I been able to stick around this league".

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"I feel fine", Redick said.

While Simmons has expressed similar respect for Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Allen Iverson and other prior-generation National Basketball Association greats, there was a deeper reason for him to have trafficked in Wade's preferred sporting goods.

For the Sixers, getting wins in the first two games are going to be extra important, before heading down to South Beach for Games 3 and 4.

Embiid ditched the black mask he's been wearing in light shooting drills for a white "Phantom of the Opera" mask to ring the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff.

Keep an eye on: San Antonio likely needs to get LaMarcus Aldridge going very early, to see if he can get in the rhythm that avoided him in Game 1.

The Sixers, of course, would defeat Miami comprehensively in Game 1 (130-103).

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