Joel Embiid is practicing, Game 3 status up in air

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All-Star center Joel Embiid hasn't yet been cleared for full contact, but Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown says there is still a chance that Embiid can play in Game 3 of the team's first-round series against the Miami Heat on Thursday. Embiid had hoped to play in Game 2 after the NBA's concussion protocol, but the Sixers are being conservative with his return to the court and ultimately ruled him out. Embiid's absence was felt in the 76ers' Game 2 113-103 loss Monday night, which evened the first-round series at one win apiece and brought their 17-game win streak, stretching back to March 13, to an end.

"[Expletive] sick and exhausted of being babied", Embiid wrote Monday night on his Instagram account.

"To just let him go out there right now (and play Game 3), it's still all on the table", Brown said. He wants to play in front of the fans. And when he's not able to do that he gets frustrated.

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"I love competing against guys like that, who you know want to hit each other and knock each other down, which is good".

What is known is that Embiid will have a bigger role in practice going forward. "Of course, we are missing him".

Since missing the first two seasons of his career with foot injuries, Embiid has been protected by the 76ers. He's their best player and is considered a Defensive Player of The Year candidate this season, but Game 1 proved that the 76ers can handle their business without him.

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"The way Winslow sees things the physicality and trash talk in this series, which is already high, figures to rise to another level again - especially if Embiid returns". However, in the two games this series, Whiteside is only averaging 3.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. I wish more than anything that I was out there. The two teams meet in Miami on Thursday in game three. "I just want the green light to play". He said there were no plans of rushing Embiid back onto the court.

With the Heat returning to South Beach for Game 3 on Thursday in much better spirits than after Saturday's Game 1 drubbing, much of the credit for Miami's surge falls squarely on Dwyane Wade, who was discarded by the Cleveland Cavaliers in their run-up to the playoffs and gridded as the second-worst jump shooter in the National Basketball Association this season.

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