BRUISED AND BATTERED, SIXERS JOJO SETTLES FOR 17 PTS, 5 BOARDS

By Jerry Wein

Joel Embiid shot 7-of-12 from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line in last night’s Sixers 120-85 loss to the Heat, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 33 minutes.

Embiid did shoot a solid percentage from the field, but his overall impact on the action was muted.

He appeared to be a bit sluggish early on, and then took a shot to the face during the second quarter.

While Embiid was able to remain in the game after the ensuing timeout, he was essentially a shell of himself on the floor. With Philadelphia now facing elimination, they’re going to need to get Embiid at his best in Game 6 on Thursday.

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