Embiid scores 23 as 76ers take 2-1 lead

Apr 21, 2018, 04:25
Embiid scores 23 as 76ers take 2-1 lead

Olynyk has a more even distribution for his shot selection between attempts near the rim (34 percent), midrange shots (25 percent) and three-pointers (41 percent) for Miami. San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina coached the team in Popovich's place.

LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio with 18 points.

Parker said this is an emotional time for the players and the coaching staff.

Sources say the facial injuries Embiid suffered included a severe midface and orbital fracture that required a complex surgery.

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Golden State is far from intimidated despite playing without Stephen Curry. Ben Simmons had 19 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in the victory. These two have been feuding since the preseason and Embiid said back in early March that he wouldn't forget about Whiteside's dirty play.

Mere hours before the team's Game 3 showdown against the Miami, I published an article wishing Joel Embiid a quick return to the court after being doubtful to play in Miami, but by some sheer stroke of luck, the 76ers' Cameroonian big man was miraculously upgraded from doubtful to probable, and eventually from probable to a starter. "I had to work through it and I did". A Dario Saric three put the Sixers ahead, 83-82, for the 15th lead change of the game with just over four minutes to go. He had to get a doctor's clearance from the team and league approval for the mask and goggle combination that sometimes slipped off his face.

76ers coach Brett Brown pointed to the way his team moved the ball. And for the Philadelphia 76ers, his return comes at a flawless time.

Goran Dragic scored 23 points for Miami, which got 19 from Winslow.

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Embiid, who was donning a protective face mask, finished Game 3 with 23 points, four assists and seven rebounds as the Sixers comprehensively won 128-108 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami in what was their 18th win in their last 19 games.

"It was annoying, but that was the only way I could play in this game if I was going to wear the mask with goggles", he said.

EMBIID: [Smiles] I don't know, it was just the only pictures I had in my phone, so I just had to go with that. "I was lucky that the shots were falling for me".

And when things bogged down, there was Embiid, who missed his first five shots, but was still able to give Philly what it had been missing: a steady stream of free throws, going to the line six times in the opening frame for five points.

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For the franchise's top paid player, who also led the National Basketball Association in rebounds during the regular season, to be sidelined for huge portions of games is odd. He drained three-pointers, finished off fast-break layups and made clutch dunks. CJ McCollum scored 22 and Al-Farouq Aminu added 21, but Portland trailed by double digits for most of the first half and all of the second.