Relatively bad news for the Philadelphia 76ers. And we say relatively because Brett Brown’s boys have shown that they are perfectly capable, not just of winning, but of sweeping without their big man. Even in the playoffs.
Yesterday they debuted in the playoffs against the Heat with a resounding victory and a sensational second half. Joel Embiid was not there and they didn’t miss him either. Particularly because the man who had to take advantage of this, Hassan Whiteside, was missing the 12 minutes that Spolestra kept him on court (2 points and 6 rebounds).
Still, Miami continues to be a great team and we should expect a reaction, so the 76ers, although they also play the second game with their fans, would commit a serious error if they feel too confident.
What About Game 3?
After applying the concussion protocol, the medical team of the team has been the one that has transmitted to the board that their All-Star is not yet ready, and this has been communicated by the franchise from their official Twitter account. The deadlines indicate that it should be for Game 3, next Thursday 19 in Florida.
To the Embiid injury we must add, that of Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot due to a tendinitis in his knee. The Frenchman has been important in the rotation during various stages of the season, averaging 15.5 minutes in 52 games played.