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JD Shaw: The Sixers are currently listing Joel Embiid as questionable to play in Game 4 tomorrow. Something tells me he’ll be active again.
Source: Twitter @JShawNBA

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
The Sixers are currently listing Joel Embiid as questionable to play in Game 4 tomorrow. Something tells me he’ll be active again. – 2:36 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Embiid addresses his return, motivation from Bam, strategy against Heat and the F word: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…2:11 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
I’ve talked about all the offensive issues, but Miami had a solid defensive game-plan
Bam-Tucker switch
Tucker fronts Embiid
Strus backside help, Jimmy splits difference
Perfect rotations end with Harden iso on Bam into a turnover
They executed on that side of the floor pic.twitter.com/1MAuHOBqQZ2:03 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Embiid says Siakam elbow not intentional, was irritated by reaction of Toronto fans nba.nbcsports.com/2022/05/07/emb…2:01 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid was obviously a huge part of the Game 3 win just by his mere presence. James Harden and the team praised him for coming back. #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/2022/05/07/jam… via @SixersWire1:16 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Takeaways from last night’s Game 3 loss in Philadelphia:
-What went wrong for the Heat’s offense?
-Kyle Lowry returns, but finishes scoreless
-The Joel Embiid impact
-It’s a make-or-miss league
-And more
miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…12:56 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA column: The #Sixers can even series with the #Heat by winning Game 4 thanks primarily to the return of Joel Embiid: https://t.co/Z3YMdcrx0p pic.twitter.com/5FWpWXVxRc12:05 PM

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
New @YahooSports Story: Sixers star Joel Embiid did what the Phillies’ bullpen couldn’t do: register the save. sports.yahoo.com/76-ers-star-jo…11:15 AM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
‘Dissecting the Philadelphia 76ers’ 99-79 Game 3 victory over the Miami Heat and Joel Embiid’s return’ by Locked On 76ers – Daily Podcast On The Philadelphia Sixers megaphone.link/LKN928050209111:04 AM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
After the Heat watch film, there will be a lot of intention in game 4 to put Embiid in the action with Butler
Playing so high, meant a screen rejection and drive was sitting there
Plus in the 2nd clip, there was a switch, then seal for an open lane
There will be openings there pic.twitter.com/3nB2oCRF4I10:15 AM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
‘It’s whatever’: Joel Embiid brushes off wearing protective mask during Sixers’ Game 3 win over Miami Heat inquirer.com/sixers/joel-em… via @phillyinquirer – 10:13 AM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
After a legendary return, Joel Embiid has given the Sixers new life in a series they can win | writes David Murphy inquirer.com/sixers/philade… via @phillyinquirer – 10:13 AM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Sixers’ Joel Embiid irritated with Raptors fans for chanting “F Embiid” after Pascal Siakam’s elbow gave him a fractured orbital and concussion inquirer.com/sixers/76ers-j… via @phillyinquirer – 10:12 AM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW from Philadelphia: Joel Embiid addresses his return against Heat (with an interesting admission), what “pissed him” off watching Bam; their strategy against Heat; playing with a mask and a soliloquy on fans and the F word: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…9:48 AM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
NBA[dot]com’s matchup data isn’t available, but a decent barometer of Joel Embiid as the fulcrum of the defense:
In the first 2 games of the series, 34.5% of Miami’s shots came at the basket.
25.3% of their shots came at the rim last night. – 9:41 AM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
What went wrong for the Heat’s offense, and other takeaways from a 20-point loss to the 76ers in Game 3 miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… More on Joel Embiid’s impact, the 76ers’ improved outside shooting, Kyle Lowry’s return and other stuff – 9:35 AM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
Joel Embiid criticizes Raptors fans for how they responded to his injury in Game 6 nj.com/sixers/2022/05…9:14 AM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Updated observations on Joel Embiid and the Sixers’ Game 3 win last night:
nbcsports.com/philadelphia/s…8:58 AM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Joel Embiid came back on Friday, and well, the Sixers looked a whole lot better. News at 11.
On Embiid ’s motivation battling through injuries and him being able to transform the Sixers even when he’s not at his best: theathletic.com/3298604/2022/0…8:30 AM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Five Degree of Heat from Friday night’s 99-79 loss in Philadelphia: sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…
1. Finished at the finish.
2. Jimmy Butler, but no one else.
3. Offense awful, especially early.
4. Joel Embiid, Kyle Lowry return. One was dominant.
5. Caleb Martin shuffled out of mix. – 8:15 AM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Winderman’s view: Embiid returns and everything changes, plus other thoughts on Heat-76ers. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…8:14 AM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA column on Joel Embiid propelling the #Sixers back into their playoff series against the #Heat: https://t.co/Z3YMdcJ8oZ #76ers pic.twitter.com/VRnkK6joWs8:00 AM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#Sixers’ Joel Embiid irritated with #Raptors fans for chanting “F Embiid” after Pascal Siakam’s elbow gave him a fractured orbital and concussion inquirer.com/sixers/76ers-j… via @phillyinquirer – 7:42 AM

Shandel Richardson @ShandelRich
Embiid helps the Sixers get back in the series #miamiheat si.com/nba/heat/miami…6:21 AM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
James Harden: Joel Embiid showed why he’s the MVP
sportando.basketball/en/james-harde…6:14 AM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
‘Dissecting the Philadelphia 76ers’ 99-79 Game 3 victory over the Miami Heat and Joel Embiid’s return’ by Locked On 76ers – Daily Podcast On The Philadelphia Sixers megaphone.link/LKN92805020913:47 AM

CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Heat vs. 76ers: Joel Embiid displays incredible toughness in return, helps propel Philadelphia to Game 3 win
By: @therealmikekb
cbssports.com/nba/news/heat-…2:11 AM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Doncic and Embiid are back in charge, Mavs and Sixers get the home wins
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/13…12:28 AM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
Joel Embiid on the road ahead:
“I feel like we have a big chance to win it all. We’ve got to stay healthy, we all have to play well, we all have to be damn near perfect. That’s what I signed up for. Whatever it’s going to take me to win, that’s what I’m going to do.” – 11:59 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
James Harden on Joel Embiid tonight:
“We needed him, he showed up, he delivered. It’s not about him scoring 30 or 40 points – It’s about his presence. His presence alone gives us energy.” – 11:53 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
Tyrese Maxey on Joel Embiid playing tonight:
“I was so happy to see 21 hanging up in the locker room, with his mask… He’s a soldier, man. Thumb, mask, concussion, broken face… He’s resilient. He’s the MVP for a reason. It’s a testimony to his will and his wanting to win.” – 11:46 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid explains why he was upset with Raptors fans after the elbow from Pascal Siakam #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/2022/05/06/joe… via @SixersWire11:40 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
NEW: What went wrong for the Heat’s offense, and other takeaways from a 20-point loss to the 76ers in Game 3 miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… More on Joel Embiid’s impact, the 76ers’ improved outside shooting, Kyle Lowry’s return and other stuff – 11:36 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Updated #NBA column: The #Sixers get back into series vs. the #Heat thanks largely to Joel Embiid: https://t.co/Z3YMdcJ8oZ pic.twitter.com/1vhseEPn3B11:30 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Embiid, on whether there was a chance he’d delay his return until Game 4: “These fractures, they’re not gonna heal for a couple of weeks so it was really not gonna change anything in my life if I played now or in Game 4. it’s about doing whatever is possible to protect it.” – 11:24 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Embiid, on wearing the mask: “Four years ago I really complained about it. It’s a little different this year because I don’t have to wear goggles. Those were really annoying.” – 11:22 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid reacts to his big return as Philly picks up a big Game 3 win over the Heat #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/lists/joel-emb… via @SixersWire #NBA11:14 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Embiid: “I didn’t think I had a lot of energy [to start the game], honestly. I was really trying to get through it, and kinda just use my presence out there as a decoy. I feel like what I pride myself on is really defensively, and I feel that’s where my presence is really felt.” – 11:09 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Joel Embiid with a very long, thoughtful answer about Pascal Siakam’s elbow, the reaction to it in Toronto as it happened, and the interactions between players and fans in the crowd in general these days: pic.twitter.com/mAy3mqjdLN11:08 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Jimmy on Embiid: “You add Jo to any team, home or away, the game, the scouting report, it changes drastically. He’s been like that for his entire career. But that’s not the reason that we lost the game — we didn’t get back, turned the ball over … but he is a big part of it.” – 11:05 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
With Joel Embiid, the #Sixers went 16 for 33 (.485) from 3-point range in Game 3 after hitting just 14 of 64 (.219) in the first two games without him. – 11:04 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Joel Embiid doesn’t think the elbow from Pascal Siakam was intentional. “I don’t think it was intentional. That’s my guy. Obviously, it’s unfortunate. I don’t think he meant to do it.” – 11:01 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Here’s the full Embiid response on the treatment he got in Toronto, and some takes on how the league handles players cursing and/or going back and forth with fans: pic.twitter.com/KpnS3bIhGq11:01 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Joel Embiid, when asked whether he thinks about all the time he’s missed in his career when dealing with injuries like this: “It’s what motivates me to win.” – 10:39 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Embiid, who said he feels pretty good, said he always knew he would play in this series&was annoyed watching first two games:”Bam was dominating. I was really pissed off watching another big [guy] play well against my team.” Tough night for Bam tonight after 3 straight good ones – 10:39 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers center Joel Embiid: ‘Who knows how good I could’ve been if I didn’t miss those (first) two years.’ – 10:37 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Embiid saved some bullets for Raptors fans for how they reacted to his injury and the “fuck Embiid” chants during the series:
“I always thought they had great fans but it kind of changed my mind…I think they got mad because i did the airplane celebration” – 10:36 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid was upset with Raptors fans. He thought they had great fans, but the way they reacted to his injury in Game 6 bothered him and he didn’t like it at all. He also thought the “fuck Embiid” chants were out of line. #Sixers10:36 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Joel Embiid on the elbow from Pascal Siakam in the first round:
“I don’t think it was intentional. That’s my guy” #Sixers10:35 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Embiid says he doesn’t think Siakam threw the elbow on purpose, but said he was irritated by the fans. Says he used to think they had great fans, but not anymore. – 10:35 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers Joel Embiid on what they did better on defense than in first two games: pic.twitter.com/ByIPTz8IaZ10:35 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Five Degree of Heat from Friday night’s 99-79 loss in Philadelphia: sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…
1. Finished at the finish.
2. Jimmy Butler, but no one else.
3. Offense awful, especially early.
4. Joel Embiid, Kyle Lowry return. One was dominant.
5. Caleb Martin shuffled out of mix. – 10:33 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Embiid says there was never a time in which he thought he might miss the whole series. – 10:32 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers Joel Embiid on feeling a responsibility to play for his team: pic.twitter.com/xTAnkG1zKT10:31 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers center Joel Embiid on his impact in Game 3 win: pic.twitter.com/3cgFVgI7Nd10:30 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Embiid says he was “pissed” watching Bam beat his team in the first 2 games of the series. – 10:29 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Embiid calls the last 6 days a struggle. Says he had a number of symptoms from the concussion. Says he was cleared yesterday, and then today was about going through the drills to test himself. – 10:28 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Joel Embiid says he’s feeling pretty good. Says the last week has been a “struggle” #Sixers10:27 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
“We needed him, and he showed up a delivered” – James Harden on Joel Embiid #Sixers10:11 PM

Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
New @RealGM Radio podcast! @MoDakhil_NBA and I go through all four second round series, including Embiid’s (hopeful) return, the Suns’ dominant game two, Grizz/Warriors, Celtics/Bucks and much more : basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/266840…10:10 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey on Joel Embiid: ‘He’s a soldier. He’s been through so much.’ – 10:05 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Maxey, after calling Embiid a “soldier” and praising him for playing through all his injuries, still has jokes: “Broken face, it’s gonna make him look even uglier now” – 10:05 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
“I was so happy when I saw the No. 21 jersey and the mask hanging up in the locker room…. He’s a solider, man” – Tyrese Maxey on Joel Embiid #Sixers10:04 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Maxey on if he’s ever had to play through a mask like Embiid had to: “I was so happy to see that ’21’ and mask hanging from the locker. He’s a soldier. That mask gone make him uglier now.” – 10:04 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Tyrese Maxey on Joel Embiid: “He’s a soldier.” – 10:04 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey on the difference Joel Embiid made in Game 3: pic.twitter.com/uqtuBWhXHL10:03 PM

Joel Embiid @JoelEmbiid
pic.twitter.com/X6PE3IxTQj10:02 PM

Surya Fernandez @SuryaHeatNBA
Embiid triumphant in return to lead 76ers to 99-79 win to cut Heat series lead to 2-1 hothothoops.com/2022/5/6/23060…10:02 PM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
With Embiid back to shut off the paint, Miami’s O was so meek. Joel shut down the Lowry/Bam two man game, Strus didn’t scare Philly, and even Jimmy’s points came in spaces Bam owned in Gs 1-2. I wonder if we see Duncan Robinson in Game 4. A bit surprised we didn’t see him tonight – 10:00 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Doc didn’t really have much to say when asked if he’s ever seen anyone play through the injuries Embiid has, but said that he gets hit a ton because he’s so good.
Says that his retort for coaches who complain about fouls is “stop fouling him”. – 10:00 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
Doc Rivers on Joel Embiid starting the 4th quarter:
“He talked me into it.”
😂 – 9:56 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
That was special from Embiid to give the Sixers whatever he had, when their starters are all contributing they’re tough. Bam was shook, Kyle with the patented zero special. Gotta figure the Heat will have the three ball going in Game 4. – 9:53 PM

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
This series:
Joel Embiid .…… +8 in 37 mins
Paul Reed .…….. +7 in 49 mins
D. Jordan ……… -31 in 31 mins – 9:50 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Joel Embiid came through defensively more than anything else – 9:48 PM

Rosalyn Gold-Onwude @ROSGO21
Nothing but respect, @Joel Embiid. 🙌🏽🙌🏽👏🏽👏🏽💪🏽 lotta heart ❤️ – 9:48 PM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
“I definitely wasn’t good enough.” – Joel Embiid
There’s a reason Miami only scored 79pts. MVP. – 9:48 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Everything Harden has been hearing this series needs to be redirected at Adebayo on the off day. Embiid hadn’t done much of anything in a week and just being there made him invisible. – 9:47 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA column on Joel Embiid willing the #Sixers back into their playoff series against the #Heat: https://t.co/9oJ9nGhSEZ #76ers pic.twitter.com/sYoTx2SZj19:47 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Winderman’s view: Embiid returns and everything changes, plus other Heat-76ers thoughts. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…9:47 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Inspirational effort by Joel Embiid. You can see how much pain he is dealing with. 18 points, 11 rebounds and Philadelphia is right back in this series. – 9:45 PM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Sixers won Game 3 over the Heat.
-Danny Green difference maker (21pts, 7/9 FG)
-Tobias Harris had almost triple-double (9pts, 10rebs, 8asts)
-Joel Embiid led by example (18pts, 11rebs)
-Tyrese Maxey put up a show (21pts, 6rebs)
-James Harden had +27 (17-8-6)|
#PhilaUnite9:45 PM

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Welcome back Mr. Embiid – 9:44 PM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
getting joel embiid minutes is very good. so is losing all of deandre jordan’s playing time. – 9:44 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Final: Sixers win 99-79, and now trail the series 2-1 with Game 4 Sunday night in Philly.
Embiid finished with 18/11 and changed the game defensively, Maxey had a huge second half and finished with 18, Harden steadied the offense and Green chipped in with 21 on 7-9 shooting. – 9:43 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
FINAL: Sixers 99, Heat 79 to close the gap to 2-1 in this second-round series. Maxey with 21 and 6 and another massive second half. Embiid with 18 and 11 in his return from an orbital fracture and concussion. Harden with 17-8-6. Game 4 is Sunday night. – 9:43 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
The @Philadelphia 76ers defend home court, and win, 99-79.
Embiid: 18 PTS / 11 REB
Maxey: 21 PTS / 2 REB / 6 AST
Harden: 17 PTS / 8 REB / 6 AST
Green: 21 PTS / 4 REB
Harris: 9 PTS / 10 REB / 8 AST
…and a whole lotta heart. – 9:43 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Pedestrian stat line for Joel Embiid, by his standards anyway: 18 points and 11 boards. That doesn’t matter, though. His presence alone made this a series and he did it with a broken face and busted thumb.
Sixers win Game 3 by a 99-79 score. Miami leads the series 2-1. – 9:43 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Philly leading scorers in Game 3:
21 — Danny Green
21 — Tyrese Maxey
18 — James Harden
17 — Joel Embiid pic.twitter.com/3hCFJjYHBo9:43 PM

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne
36 minutes for Embiid tonight after not doing any conditioning for a week is maybe the most important stat of the night. – 9:41 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Joel Embiid return:
18 PTS
11 REB
in 36 MINS pic.twitter.com/sMfNKYTtEr9:41 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Embiid not getting a raucous MVP chant there at the line cause I’m guessing fans were watching the replay in terror to see where Bam hit him… – 9:39 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Paul Reed has checked in for Joel Embiid with the Sixers up by 17 points with 2:05 left. – 9:39 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
What Joel Embiid did tonight was nothing short of heroic.
This is what an MVP looks like. – 9:39 PM

John Gonzalez @JohnGonzalez
Embiid is half man half injury at this point and he played a full min load. Replace Billy Penn with Jo – 9:39 PM

Haralabos Voulgaris @haralabob
Convex Hull spacing is big – having nobody you need to honor Above the break is big – having nobody who can credibly space out to the hash vs a dominant interior defender in Embiid is an issue. – 9:39 PM

Rob Peterson @ShotDrJr
Embiid must have seen bright flashes of white light after getting hit in the head again. Oof. – 9:37 PM

Mike Lynch @SportInfo247
The refs gave Bam tacit approval to put hands on Embiid and then that happens – 9:37 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Adebayo smacked Embiid right in the face. Embiid needed some extra time to get up, but appears fine. Made both free throws. Sixers up 17 with 2:45 left. – 9:37 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Bam Adebayo caught Joel Embiid in the face going for that rebound with his left arm. Embiid was down on the court for a moment, but got up and made both free throws. He has 18 and 11 in this game. Philly is up 17 with 2:47 to go. – 9:37 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Looks like Bam’s left arm got Embiid across the face going for the last rebound. Embiid looked like he was in a bit of pain afterwards, but got up and appears to be fine now. – 9:37 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
These fans obviously love Embiid, but I don’t think anything ignites this crowd like when Maxey gets going. – 9:36 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Tyrese Maxey drills another triple and Joel Embiid blocks Jimmy Butler. Yea, this one’s over. #Sixers9:36 PM

Brad Botkin @bradbotkincbs
I’m surprised Heat haven’t tried to get a spark out of some Bam/Duncan DHOs against Embiid drops – 9:31 PM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
A concussion, an orbital fracture, a ligament tear in his thumb… Joel Embiid is the definition of tough. This is remarkable. – 9:29 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Tyrese Maxey’s speed is such a problem for the Heat. After Tucker stole the ball from Harden, Tucker tried to find Herro in transition but Maxey zoomed in and stole it back. Results in an Embiid and-1 and the Sixers up 86-74. Could have been 83-76 with 4:31 left. – 9:28 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Adebayo played really well in the first two games of this series. With Embiid back on the floor, things have changed quickly — Bam is just 2-for-8 from the field and has only two rebounds in 30 minutes. – 9:23 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Embiid’s about to check back in with a little under 7 minutes left. – 9:22 PM

John Gonzalez @JohnGonzalez
Let Embiid speak in commercials – 9:17 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Doc clearly extended Embiid’s minutes because he wanted the Mud Man to play with all three of Maxey, Harden and Harris.
Maxey hits a 3 and the Sixers are up 10 now. – 9:15 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Sixers are living in double drag, Thybulle (Herro) and Embiid screening for Harden. – 9:12 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
They’re going after Herro now, with him guarding Thybulle, getting him onto Harden and then running the PnR with Embiid – 9:10 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Worth noting: Embiid is starting the fourth quarter with Harden, Maxey, Milton and Niang. He’s played 31 minutes. – 9:07 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Embiid to start the fourth.
When Doc said a minute restriction was possible, I guess he meant it in the way that everything is possible. – 9:06 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Joel Embiid is headed to the court to start the 4th quarter, which is a big deviation from their typical rotations. Guess the plan is to play the whole 2nd half? – 9:06 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Joel Embiid is back on the court for the start of the fourth quarter. – 9:06 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
It’s about to be a very loud 12 minutes in South Philadelphia…
The @Philadelphia 76ers lead in Game 3, 68-65, headed to Q4.
Green: 18 PTS / 6-7 3fg
Embiid: 13 PTS / 10 REB
Harden: 15 PTS / 5 REB / 3 AST
Harris: 6 PTS / 9 REB / 6 AST – 9:05 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Heat outscored the Sixers by only 4 in the third. But the way it played out, it felt like more. Harden has 4 fouls Embiid and Green have 3. Lowry has 3 for Mia.
Sixers hold by 3 with 12 to go. Fans may need to be the 6th man. – 9:05 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Sixers 68, Heat 65 at the end of a seesaw third quarter. Both teams still struggling from the floor, especially Miami’s 6-of-22 mark from 3. Harden with 15 points (zero in the third) 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Embiid with 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds. – 9:05 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
The ever-looming question of Sixers basketball appears again — can the Sixers win the non-Embiid minutes to open the fourth? – 9:04 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
The most important minutes of the whole season loom. Figure Embiid has to recharge to open the 4th quarter. – 9:04 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Maxey and Embiid messed up, Maxey iced it, Embiid not there, Herro bangs a 3 – 9:02 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
I put that Joel drive on Herro guarding Thybulle, he’s retreating to the opposite baseline, step up and help on the Embiid drive instead of just sticking to Thybulle for no reason. – 9:01 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Sixers trying to preswitch Thybulle onto the screen defender that time, Butler eventually got Embiid involved anyway. – 8:57 PM

John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann
Sixers get Butler switched onto Embiid. Tucker just plays a 1-man zone in the paint, leaving Harris alone. But Thybulle not spaced & pass isn’t there. pic.twitter.com/kc8jNhutTF8:54 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Embiid needs some water – 8:52 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Miami has a great opportunity here. Harden in foul trouble, Embiid trying to find his rhythm off the break. Philly wins this one, they’ll be much harder to beat in Game 4. – 8:48 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Sixers gotta do a way better job of exploiting Embiid’s mismatch when Miami switches the pick-and-roll.
Harden holding the ball for forever and isolating against Bam Adebayo is bad offense. – 8:41 PM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
is it just me or does embiid not have the most faith in danny g – 8:37 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Guessing Embiid is saying “dude slow down you had a layup on the left side take your time.” And Maxey is saying “I was going so fast to track it my momentum took me to a reverse.”
Shake was there to get a FT though. pic.twitter.com/Wz6phQ4oAq8:22 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Philadelphia stopped rebounding in that second quarter but they at least kept the defense up.
Embiid having his biggest struggle in the midrange (0/4) but so is Jimmy Butler (0/3 midrange FGs, 0/4 3s) – 8:22 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Halftime: 76ers 41, Heat 34.
Sixers scored four points over the final 6 minutes of the second quarter – all by Shake Milton – to allow Miami to stick around.
Joel Embiid missed all three shots he took in the second quarter. James Harden has 15 points, and Jimmy Butler has 10. – 8:21 PM

Greg Dickerson @gregdickerson13
Joel embiid is about to cement himself as a Philly legend…fractured eye, messed up thumb…damn he’s tough – 8:19 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
The good for the Heat
– Denying Embiid in the post
– Forcing turnovers
– OREBs generating extra possessions
The bad
– Rushing shots on offense
– 2 of 16 from 3
– Jimmy Butler looks like he has tired legs – 8:18 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Not exactly a work of art, but the Sixers lead 41-34 at the break.
End of the quarter offense has been rough: Super sloppy non-Embiid and Harden minutes to close the first, Shake Milton was the only guy to score in the last six minutes of the second. – 8:18 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Halftime: Sixers 41, Heat 34. Miami hanging in there despite shooting a woeful 33 percent from the floor. Sixers’ 10 turnovers and 34.3 percent shooting are no bueno. Harden with 15 points (8-of-8 FT). Embiid with 7 points on 2-of-7 and 7 rebounds. – 8:18 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
The Heat can’t find much offensive rhythm at all. Butler, Strus and Herro are a combined 8-for-28 from the field. Embiid’s presence has been felt on both ends — but having him back has created more space for Harden to operate. Miami can’t just focus on him like they had been. – 8:17 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Heat didn’t shy away from Embiid in the paint there. Got him and Harden involved in the PnR and Harden screwed up. Easy dunk for Jimmy Butler. – 8:09 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Want to see more of that Bam right there
Go at Embiid – 8:02 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Joel Embiid makes his teammates so much better. Harden running p-n-r, better looks for Green. Stops and rebounds (!!!) that lead to early offense.
Oh and I haven’t seen DJ yet so safe to say he helps the coaches a ton too. – 8:00 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Really good stretch by the Sixers, who started the 2nd quarter on a 9-0 run with Embiid on the bench. Harden with 4 during this stretch, 2 for Harris and a corner 3 by Green, who is now 2-3 from deep for the game after going just 2-14 from 3 in the first two games of the series. – 7:56 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Think people are rushing to blame Doc for both Embiid and Harden being on the bench when the fact is that Harden picked up his 2nd foul late in 1Q. Picks up a 3rd in the first quarter and you’re in danger. – 7:49 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Sixers only up 21-17 after a tough end to the first quarter, helped from further damage by the fact that the Heat shot just 2-6 from the free-throw line. Harden has 9/3/2 and Embiid has 7/4.
Sixers made their first two 3s then missed their next four. – 7:48 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Philly with and without Embiid going exactly as you’d expect, Heat haven’t found a way to attack when he’s in the game. – 7:48 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Sixers 21, Heat 17 at the end of the first. Heat shot 7-of-20 (started 3-of-15) and Sixers led by as many as 10, but seven turnovers have hurt them. Embiid with 7 points and 4 rebounds in 10 minutes. Harden with 9-3-2. – 7:47 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
End of first quarter: 76ers 21, Heat 17. James Harden and Joel Embiid have combined for 16 of Philadelphia’s 21 points. Heat shooting 36.8 percent from the field. – 7:46 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Heat get a dunk and a layup on two straight possessions immediately after Embiid checks out. – 7:46 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Heat – which has led every playoff game by at least 15 points and won 6 of them – finishes quarter strong and down 21-17 after one… Embiid, still listed as doubtful, plays the first 10 plus minutes of the game and has 7 points and 4 rebounds. – 7:46 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Embiid played the first 11 minutes of the game, before checking out for Paul Reed. 7 points and 4 rebounds on 2-for-4 shooting and 3-for-4 free throws so far for Embiid, who looked very comfortable after eight days off. – 7:45 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
Embiid heads to the bench after 10 minutes, with 7 points and 4 rebounds (2-4 fg/3-4 FT).
He’s replaced by Bball Paul. – 7:43 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Paul Reed is checking in for Joel Embiid, after nearly 11 minutes for his first shift – 7:43 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Paul Reed coming in for Embiid at the 1:34 mark of the first. He was huffing and puffing a bit when play was stopped a bit ago. – 7:43 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Paul Reed getting set to check in for Embiid. The big fella has 7 points and 4 rebounds in his initial run. #Sixers7:43 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
Joel Embiid is what Philadelphia would be if it were a person. – 7:42 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Every single time there is a stoppage in play, Joel Embiid is calling for a towel to dry off his face under his mask. – 7:41 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Joel Embiid is only 1-for-3, but he’s (unsurprisingly) immediately changed the dynamic of the series. After Miami got whatever it wanted in the paint the first two games, things have flipped around here in Game 3. – 7:34 PM

Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
New @RealGM Radio podcast! @MoDakhil_NBA and I go through all four second round series, including Embiid’s (hopeful) return, the Suns’ dominant game two, Grizz/Warriors, Celtics/Bucks and much more basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/266840…7:33 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers are 2 for 2 on 3-pointers so far after going 14 for 64 (.219) without Joel Embiid in the first two losses to the #Heat. – 7:27 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Good start to this one. James Harden and Danny Green have knocked down some triples and they have a 10-8 lead early. Joel Embiid has 2 points from the free throw line. #Sixers7:26 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Heat fronting Embiid in the post and sending help when gets the ball, as Miami often does. – 7:21 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Joel Embiid obviously impacts the game in a lot of different ways, but at least being slightly competitive on the defensive glass would be a nice change of pace for the Sixers. – 7:19 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Embiid takes his mask off, and gets a towel to wipe his face, during Harden’s free throws. – 7:19 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
1:18 into the game and PJ Tucker hit Embiid in the face going for the ball (called for a foul). – 7:18 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
What an opening possession from Miami
Bam-Butler switch
Butler fronts Embiid
Strus waiting for the help
Charge – 7:18 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Ref calls offensive foul on Embiid on the Sixers first possession. – 7:17 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Embiid opens it for 76ers with a charge. But his face appears intact. – 7:17 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
As you can imagine, home crowd went ballistic during Joel Embiid’s introduction, followed by MVP chants – 7:14 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Massive ovation when @MattyCord announces Joel Embiid as the #Sixers‘ final starter in Game 3 vs. #Heat7:14 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Let’s just say the atmosphere to start this game is *slightly* more energetic than it was for Games 1 and 2 in Miami. Joel Embiid’s re-introduction to the proceedings has plenty of juice in the building ahead of a do-or-die Game 3 for the 76ers. – 7:12 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
They’re showing Joel Embiid shooting in warmups and he’s squinting super hard on every shot…. – 7:09 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Sixers crowd goes nuts — and starts chanting “MVP!” — as Embiid comes onto the court during announcement of “there are no injuries.” – 7:04 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Sixers’ Joel Embiid to play in Game 3 vs. Miami Heat in Eastern Conference semifinals inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer #NBA6:56 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
I voted for Joel Embiid for MVP. And the fact that he’s even potentially going to try and play with a torn ligament in his hand and a broken face makes me question some things, for sure — but not my vote. – 6:55 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Joel Embiid is back. Kyle Lowry is back. Game 3 is minutes away.
miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…6:51 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Joel Embiid playing 76ers-Heat Game 3 nba.nbcsports.com/2022/05/06/joe…6:48 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Lowry returns for Heat, Joel Embiid back for 76ers in Game 3 of East semis. https://t.co/UYool0kpWU pic.twitter.com/miJi2SR6dT6:48 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Sixers’ Joel Embiid to play in Game 3 vs. Miami Heat in Eastern Conference semifinals inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 6:48 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Philly starters: Harden, Maxey, Green, Harris, and Embiid
Heat starters: Lowry, Strus, Butler, Tucker, and Adebayo #Sixers6:46 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
Very good @Philadelphia 76ers news:
Joel Embiid is available and starting in Game 3. – 6:41 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Joel Embiid will play tonight, Sixers say. – 6:41 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Joel Embiid is officially in for Game 3 – 6:41 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Embiid is in – 6:40 PM

Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Joel Embiid went from out to doubtful to active? 🤔 – 6:38 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
I’ve said this on every platform except this one, but it’s pretty clear Miami’s gameplan will be to force Philly’s role players to beat them
They’re going to help down freely off corners on Embiid
Forces the Danny Greens of the world to win them the game – 6:38 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
For what it’s worth (and it’s worth very little at this point), Joel Embiid is still listed as doubtful on the 6:30 p.m. injury report.
The expectation is that he’ll play tonight. – 6:37 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
The 76ers’ 6:30 p.m. injury report again listed Embiid as doubtful. Which is all well and good . . . except he’s back. – 6:37 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers story on Joel Embiid playing in Game 3 tonight against the #Heat: https://t.co/X6S4LcEpXn pic.twitter.com/QQKLzzDd8S6:36 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Embiid pic.twitter.com/tCjZ9ZWYHv6:36 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Masked Embiid getting shots up. pic.twitter.com/D2EP5Y68yv6:35 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Sixers star Joel Embiid will return for Game 3 vs. Miami tonight, sources tell ESPN. Doc Rivers said he could be limited in minutes, because of minimal conditioning in the past week. – 6:34 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Lowry out shooting much later than usual. Lowry on one side of the court, Embiid on the other. They should sell tickets to this. – 6:30 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Joel Embiid warming up pic.twitter.com/rgqUBANCQx6:27 PM

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne
Some detail on the mask Joel Embiid is wearing tonight as he tries to play with the right orbital fracture. https://t.co/herm1FgKNf pic.twitter.com/v8HhefWz7m6:26 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Embiid from the corner: pic.twitter.com/6lYrH6dmfW6:26 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Masked Embiid pic.twitter.com/3UfF1vxnFh6:24 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who heard at 31 Flavors last night that Joel Embiid is going to try to play. – 6:24 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers center Joel Embiid gets a big hand as he walks onto court to warm up prior to Game 3: pic.twitter.com/TzS0QnPtqO6:22 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
More Joel Embiid #Sixers pic.twitter.com/d2J66TbXCp6:22 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
A masked Joel Embiid has started his warmup: pic.twitter.com/P4ON955qgb6:21 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Embiid warmup flow pic.twitter.com/1jTJOl4mcm6:20 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Embiid has taken the court. pic.twitter.com/KEIWZq4xXv6:20 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Joel Embiid, wearing mask, enters court to warm up to loud ovation. Cannot fathom he doesn’t play (so can fathom he does play). – 6:20 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Joel Embiid takes the court for warmups with his mask #Sixers pic.twitter.com/XytCg0e7oc6:20 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Joel Embiid is on the court warming up for tonight’s game. He has a mask on. – 6:19 PM

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid will warm up momentarily with the intention of returning tonight in Game 3 against the Miami Heat, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @YahooSports. – 6:15 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
One would assume Embiid would play tonight, at least give it a serious try, with his sister and shooting coach in attendance. #Sixers6:10 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
The latest on the status of Joel Embiid and Kyle Lowry ahead of Game 3, with tipoff an hour away miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…6:05 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Embiid plans to play barring any setbacks in next 58 minutes, per ESPN. Still listed as doubtful, which is kinda funny – 6:04 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
And, yes, Spoelstra seemingly expects “doubtful” Embiid to be back, “We don’t want to duck any kind of competition. We expected Philly to be at full health at some point and we want to take on that challenge.” – 5:35 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on preparing in case Joel Embiid plays tonight: ‘He’s a big change, literally and figuratively. … We don’t want to duck any competition.’ Figured Miami would face the full #Sixers roster at some point and looks forward to that challenge. – 5:35 PM

Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
New @RealGM Radio podcast! @MoDakhil_NBA and I go through all four second round series, including Embiid’s (hopeful) return, the Suns’ dominant game two, Grizz/Warriors, Celtics/Bucks and much more- basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/266840…5:35 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Erik Spoelstra on Joel Embiid possibly returning:
“If you’re just trying to cram and prepare for a test…then it would probably be a lot more stressful.”
“We wanna take on that type of challenge.” – 5:33 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
If Embiid is able to play tonight, Doc Rivers said there will be staffers monitoring his conditioning and how he looks on the floor. He hasn’t been able to run, etc. while in concussion protocols, and Rivers said today’s shootaround was more of a film/walk-thru session. – 5:30 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Updated #Sixers story on Doc Rivers saying Joel Embiid’s status for tonight’s Game 3 vs #Heat will be determined during his pregame workout: https://t.co/Q6QsOE9SWj #76ers pic.twitter.com/uxy8NrjdE25:25 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Rivers said no minutes restriction on Embiid if he plays, but said his situation (eye, orbital, thumb) will be monitored by others throughout. – 5:23 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Rivers said no cap on minutes for Embiid if he plays. – 5:21 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Doc Rivers said there won’t be a minutes restriction on Joel Embiid if he plays tonight, but the team will monitor his conditioning. – 5:21 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Doc Rivers: Still unsure if Joel Embiid will play. He’ll warm up and then “we’ll see.” If he’s active, wouldn’t play normal minutes load because he hasn’t been able to run much due to concussion. – 5:19 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Rivers’ Embiid coach-speak, “We don’t know yet. He’s going to warm up and see. We’re going to go from there.” – 5:19 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers coach Doc Rivers: If Joel Embiid plays, he hasn’t been able to run due to the concussion so he probably can’t play his typical 38 minutes. – 5:19 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Doc Rivers says “we still don’t know yet” about Joel Embiid. Says he’ll go through pregame warmups and see how he feels. – 5:19 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Doc Rivers says 76ers don’t know yet whether Joel Embiid will be able to play tonight. Embiid will warm up and then a determination will be made. Embiid was still listed as doubtful on the latest injury report. – 5:18 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Doc Rivers with no update for Joel Embiid
Listed as doubtful
“He’s going to warm up and see, and go from there.” – 5:18 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Rivers says Embiid is still listed as doubtful, will go through his warmup and they’ll take it from there (as anticipated) – 5:18 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Doc Rivers said Embiid will warm up tonight – 5:18 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Doc Rivers doesn’t know yet about Joel Embiid. He’s still doubtful, but he’ll warm up and see where he’s at. #Sixers5:18 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Doc Rivers says he still doesn’t know if Joel Embiid will play. “He’s gonna warm up and see, and we’ll go from there.” – 5:18 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers coach Doc Rivers on Joel Embiid’s status for Game 3: ‘We don’t know yet. He’s going to warm up and see. We’re going to go from there.’ – 5:18 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Doc Rivers maintains that Joel Embiid is doubtful. Says they will warm up and go from there. – 5:18 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Doc Rivers noncommittal on Joel Embiid’s status for a game now less than two hours away. Eric Spoelstra gets his chance to be non-committal about Kyle Lowry at 5:30 p.m. Game is at 7 p.m., by which time the coaches might have a better idea. – 5:17 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
On the 4:30 p.m. injury report: Joel Embiid still listed as doubtful. Tip-off is 2.5 hours away. – 4:33 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
It’s 4:30 p.m. NBA injury-report time and Joel Embiid is still listed as doubtful. Doc talks at 5:15, so perhaps something more realistic then. – 4:30 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Joel Embiid is still listed as doubtful for Game 3. The latest on his status miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… Also, Kyle Lowry remains questionable for tonight after missing the last four games with a hamstring injury – 3:37 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Embiid again listed as doubtful on NBA 3:30 injury report. – 3:32 PM

Sean Deveney @SeanDeveney
Interesting stuff from @Steve Bulpett on the future of Doc Rivers. Are the @Los Angeles Lakers stalling on their coaching search? Would Embiid be unhappy if the @Philadelphia 76ers let him walk? Hmmm …
heavy.com/sports/los-ang…3:27 PM

Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
New @RealGM Radio podcast! @MoDakhil_NBA and I go through all four second round series, including Embiid’s (hopeful) return, the Suns’ dominant game two, Grizz/Warriors, Celtics/Bucks and much more: basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/266840…3:26 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Charles Barkley discusses “the one thing that really sucks” about Heat-76ers. (Embiid still doubtful on the 3:09 pm and 41 second injury report.) miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…3:10 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
76ers’ Joel Embiid exits concussion protocols, currently upgraded to “doubtful” for Friday return vs. Heat. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…3:07 PM

More on this storyline

Joel Embiid returned after missing more than a week with a facial fracture and concussion to play 36 minutes, score 18 points and grab 11 rebounds to lead his 76ers to a 99-79 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 3 of this Eastern Conference semifinal, pulling Philadelphia back into the series after dropping the opening two games. “No,” Embiid said, when asked if there was ever a moment when he thought he wouldn’t return to the series. “When it happened, after we figured out what really happened, I didn’t think about [the possibility of not playing]. -via ESPN / May 7, 2022

Kyle Neubeck: Maxey on his concern for Embiid: “I just asked him a couple of times, like, are you okay? You promise you’re good? End of the day, basketball is extremely important to all of us and it’s our job, but you want somebody to be the best they can possibly be feeling in life in general -via Twitter @KyleNeubeck / May 7, 2022

Joel Embiid said that he didn’t believe that Siakam, who is a fellow native of Cameroon, didn’t intentionally hit him with the elbow. He also gave a very long, thoughtful answer on the interactions between fans and players in general in today’s NBA, including hearing “F— Embiid” chants throughout the series and how the fans there reacted after he was struck in the face. “I don’t think it was intentional,” Embiid said. “That’s my guy, obviously. It’s unfortunate. I don’t think he meant to do it. But, you know, I was more irritated by the perception of when that happened by really the fans and I’ve always thought they have great fans, but I kind of changed my mind about, you know, the fans up there. Whether it throughout the series, the ‘F—‘ chants and all that stuff. That’s cool. -via ESPN / May 7, 2022