A day after he was listed as doubtful, Joel Embiid’s will play during Thursday night’s Sixers vs. Heat Game 3 , according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. He will wear a black mask and goggles in his playoff debut.
Embiid yet to play a game this series, and the teams are knotted with one win each. The Vertical’s Shams Charania reported that Embiid is expected to play barring any setbacks, and is likely to wear goggles AND a mask.
Without Embiid, the Sixers were able to roll past the Heat in Game 1, 130-103. J.J. Redick and Dario Saric combined for 48 points, and it appeared the Sixers might’ve been able to shoot their way past Miami with Embiid on the bench. With Redick returning to Earth, and Dwyane Wade’s Game 2 explosion, it became apparent that this series wouldn’t be a breeze.
Embiid’s return was an important one as the Sixers look to regain control of this series.
And nobody knows how exactly he’ll look both from a physical and aesthetic sense. The league needed to approve of his mask.
"There needed to be league approval of a mask," Brown says about Embiid. "It's going to be a surprise," Brown says of the look.— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) April 19, 2018