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Joel Embiid Listed As Doubtful For 76ers' Game 3

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As Sixers coach Brett Brown started answering questions at his postgame press conference following Monday's 113-103 loss to the Miami Heat, his superstar center took to Instagram to vent.

"You're talking about a superstar", Sixers forward Dario Saric said.

"I promised the city the playoffs and I'm not on the court and I may not be on Thursday either", Embiid said. "It's all this stuff". He said the decision revolves around comfort.

Embiid is yet to play for the Cameroon National Basketball team having not honoured the call-up to represent his home country in the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket.

"I'm not really anything", Brown said when asked if he was "optimistic" about Embiid's returning on Thursday.

"I think defensively, he immediately comes in and changes the landscape", Brown said. "To just let him go out there right now is still all on the table". He did some contact (Wednesday), it's progressing. But, you know, it's progressing. "I feel like it'll kick in quicker than most".

When Embiid suffered the injury on March 28, intial reports suggested he'd be out 2-4 weeks. He underwent surgery to fix the damage and is still adjusting to a protective mask he's worn during workouts.

Brown said that Embiid took "a little bit" of contact during practice on Wednesday, which he participated in while wearing a protective mask. So the medical side, the different reasons, I'm not going to go there. Like everybody, you judge it after the event. Remember the Sixers won 28 games last year and 10 the year before that.

He remains doubtful for Game 3 tonight and is very unlikely the Sixers will clear him for action unless they are 100 percent sure his health isn't at risk.

The notion means guard T.J. McConnell may have dropped out of the rotation. Without Joel, you cater to the team's strengths. "He just wants to be with his team". She was 67 and had been battling an illness for an extended period.

Elsewhere, the visiting San Antonio Spurs showed tremendous fight early against the Golden State Warriors, carrying a 53-47 lead into the locker room.

Simmons insisted he wasn't bothered by the Heat's physical defense on him: "I enjoy it". "I've known Erin Popovich a long time. Somebody who will be missed".

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