The Philadelphia 76ers are desperate in need of Joel Embiid. After suffering a concussion and an orbital fracture at the end of a blowout win against the Toronto Raptors, in addition to Embiid’s previous thumb ligament tear he was playing through, the Sixers are down 2-0 to the top-seed Miami Heat. Given the Heat won by 14 and 16 points respectively, the Sixers are missing their MVP candidate.

The Sixers got a bit of good news as Embiid cleared concussion protocol and participated in shootaround. While he’s still listed as “out” for Friday’s Game 3, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that “Embiid is doing everything possible to be available to play in Game 3.”

It is going to be a race against time. Even if Embiid is healthy enough to come back for Game 3, it still might be too little too late. If he doesn’t come back until Game 4, it’ll be even more dire for Philly. Regardless, you can’t question Embiid’s motivation to get back to the court.

[@ShamsCharania]

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