“We need Joel Embiid and I think tonight is a clear example of how much we would like to have him.” Brett Brown, the coach of the 76ers, could not be more clear after the defeat of his team in the second match of the series against Miami, which makes the Heat steal the court factor and that equals the series (1-1).
Embiid, capital stock of the Sixers, missed the end of the Regular Season by an involuntary blow from his partner, Markelle Fultz, which caused a fracture in the eye’s orbit, with the consequent surgery, in addition to entering the protocol of concussions established by the NBA for this type of impact. As expected, the Cameroonian didn’t start in first round of the playoffs, although the fact that his return was left probable for any of the games against Miami hosted chances that he was ready for Game 2. We saw none of that. And the Sixers missed him, annihilated by Dwyane Wade in the second quarter (15 points) and maybe they miss him this Thursday in the third match, because the pivot is still doubt for that appointment.