EMBIID CLEARS PROTOCOLS, FITTED FOR MASK, MAY PLAY TONIGHT!

By Jenny Masters

The Sixers just announced their first good news since they bounced the Raptors last Thursday in game 6 of the playoffs.

Joel Embiid has cleared the NBA’s concussion protocol and participated in the this morning shootaround ahead of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal tonight against the Miami Heatt.

Embiid, who missed the first two games in Miami — both 76ers losses — after suffering a right facial fracture and concussion when he was hit in the head by an elbow from Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam in Game 6 of Philadelphia’s first-round series victory, remains listed as out for Game 3, but the team said his status could again change between now and game time.

“We’re just preparing to win the game,” 76ers guard Tyrese Maxeysaid after shootaround. “Hopefully he plays. If he plays, great. If he doesn’t play, he doesn’t play, and we’re just preparing as [if it’s] another game — a game that we have to win.”

With the concussion protocol behind him, Embiid still needs to be cleared to play through the facial fracture, which would require him to wear a mask as he did in 2018.

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