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Joel Embiid officially listed as out for Game 1 vs. Heat

14 April 2018

"The 7'0" center had one of his best games of the season against Philadelphia on March 8th when he went off for 26 points, eight boards, and two blocks in just 29 minutes.

Philadelphia rampaged to the No. 3 seed in the East, closing the season on a franchise-record 16-game winning streak to overtake Cleveland and also avoid a potential showdown with LeBron James and the Cavaliers until the conference finals. Embiid collided with teammate Markelle Fultz, and the orbital fracture required surgery. Brown is prepping for the series as if Embiid will be unavailable. With the Julius Erving-Moses Malone-Charles Barkley era firmly in the rearview mirror, it was time for a new chapter in Sixers history. People even were calling for Brett Brown to be fired at the beginning of the year for his inability to close out games in the 4th quarter. Head coach Erik Spoelstra had a.619 postseason winning percentage - second all-time to only Phil Jackson and Billy Cunningham.

Joel Embiid officially listed as out for Game 1 vs. Heat

"I'm actually surprised how fast it is getting better", he said. "I say all of that with reality and a heavy dose of respect". So they have the capability to do it, we'll see if that translates to the playoffs.

The 52-30 76ers will host the 44-38 Heat in the 3-6 matchup on Saturday for Game 1 and again on Monday for Game 2. He will need at least 25 to give his team a chance to compete with the scoring that Philadelphia brings to the table (Especially Simmons), and this is under the assumption that Embiid will sit game 1. Grinding down the shot clock is why they have the 26th slowest pace in the National Basketball Association. "Hopefully, it gets approved and I get to play in it". Their defense ranked third in defensive rating during the regular season, allowing only 102.0 points per 100 possessions.

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They are just 2-12 away from home since January 31. The Bucks struggled to keep pace with the 76ers offense despite missing Joel Embiid and J.J. Reddick. "And they have toughness on the perimeter". The Miami series could be a great one. "This year, when I actually do play a lot of games, I don't know what excuse they're going to find next". Nobody's intimidated by it. "It was clear we didn't play very well". It's no mystery to who we are ...

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Joel Embiid officially listed as out for Game 1 vs. Heat