Joel Embiid practices, listed as doubtful for Game 3

NBA.com Global on Apr 19, 2018 07:45 AM
Joel Embiid practices, listed as doubtful for Game 3
FILE - PHILADELPHIA,PA - NOVEMBER 1 : Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers gives high-fives to fans after the win against the Atlanta Hawks at Wells Fargo Center on October 25,2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid made it clear recently he wants to play in the postseason. Whether or not he will get that chance in Game 3 of the Sixers' series with the Miami Heat on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) remains unknown for now but the team officially listed him as doubtful for the game.

For now, writes Marc Narducci of Philly.com, Embiid has yet to be ruled out for Game 3. Additionally, Sixers coach Brett Brown gave an update yesterday on how Embiid is progressing:

Embiid was still not cleared for contact but was scheduled to participate somewhat in practice Tuesday. (The media didn’t have access to practice.)

“He will be doing some shooting and scripting, really for the first time with the team,” coach Brett Brown told the media before the Sixers practiced. “What that translates in regards of when he will play again with us on the court, we don’t know.”

When asked whether he was progressing toward contact, Brown replied, “Yes, he is progressing and it is such an open-ended word, I feel responsible saying yes he is progressing.”

Brown later expanded on the topic.

“Today we will get up and down and do some script stuff, not entirely physical stuff, but it is progressing,” he said. He added that he doesn’t think it’ll be long before the Sixers know, “but we will learn more over the next 48 hours, I suspect.”

The big man has missed both of Philadelphia's playoff games -- and 10 games overall -- while he watches from the sideline and recovers from surgery for an orbital fracture. Embiid had hoped to play in Game 2 after the NBA's concussion protocol, but the Sixers are being conservative with his return to the court and ultimately ruled him out.

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