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After missing two video games with a soft concussion and an orbital atomize suffered within the essential round in opposition to the Toronto Raptors, Joel Embiid returned to the court Friday for the Philadelphia 76ers’ Game 3 matchup in opposition to the Miami Heat.
Embiid helped lead the Sixers to a 99-79 opt at Wells Fargo Heart to abet his crew steer particular of a 3-0 2d-round hole. Afterward, he condemned Raptors fans for chanting “f–good ample Embiid” within the midst of the hole round of the playoffs and celebrating his injuries.
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Joel Embiid has some phrases for the salty Raptors fans from Spherical 1… 👀 pic.twitter.com/eHvJtw2ED2
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Right here’s the paunchy Embiid response on the treatment he obtained in Toronto, and some takes on how the league handles avid gamers cursing and/or going backward and forward with fans: pic.twitter.com/KpnS3bIhGq
Embiid suffered the injuries when Raptors forward Pascal Siakam inadvertently elbowed him while using to the basket within the fourth quarter of Game 6. The 76ers had been up 119-90 at the time, and fans started questioning why head coach Doc Rivers even had Embiid within the game.
After the Game 6 defeat, Siakam despatched his apologies to Embiid and outlined what took put.
“Obviously, on the play [after], I in fact feel harmful—awful that I hit his face—but I modified into trying to develop a trot,” Siakam told journalists. “I apologized to him after that. You understand, that modified into no doubt no longer my intention.”
Embiid had to position on a conserving mask for Game 3. He executed with 18 aspects, 11 rebounds, one abet, one recall and one block.
Philadelphia modified into waiting for the MVP candidate to return after he executed the standard season averaging 30.6 aspects, 11.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 steals per game and adopted it up with a valorous first-round performance.
The 28-One year-extinct averaged 26.2 aspects, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in six video games in opposition to the Raptors.
In Embiid’s absence, the Sixers did now not safe powerful production out of DeAndre Jordan, Paul Reed and Georges Niang. Luckily for Philadelphia, it looks to be cherish the worn is going to proceed playing by the ailment.
The Sixers and Heat will meet all yet again Sunday for Game 4, with Philadelphia having a glance to tie the series.