Sixers center Joel Embiid is doubtful for Game 3 against Heat

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MIAMI (AP) - Joel Embiid remains listed as doubtful by Philadelphia for Game 3 of the 76ers' Eastern Conference playoff series at Miami on Thursday night.

"And we feel like we are responsible with his health", Brown said.

After going 18-of-28 from three-point range in Game 1, the Sixers went 7-of-36 from the land of plenty during Monday's loss. It was a vintage performance from Flash as he dominated the game in the mid-range and set off the Heat's closing sequence with a steal and slam with just over four minutes remaining.

Wade then singled out Justise Winslow, James Johnson and Josh Richardson, presumably for their defense seeing they are the primary defenders on Sixers point guard Ben Simmons. That was taken to a whole new level after Philadelphia dropped Game 2 of its first-round series against Miami on Monday to even things up at 1-1. I do know the spirit at which he delivers that (Instagram post) reflects my conversations with him."When Embiid suffered the injury on March 28, intial reports suggested he'd be out 2-4 weeks".

Brown said that Embiid took "a little bit" of contact during practice on Wednesday, which he participated in while wearing a protective mask.

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"I love it", Winslow continued. They won 16 straight to end the regular season and the first game of the playoffs and played their 10th straight game without Embiid.

Head Coach Brett Brown told the media just how sorely the Sixers missed Joel Embiid in that loss.

"The first game we didn't really understand the intensity we needed to bring". The two veterans have proven that while they may not be consistent enough to start critical games for the Sixers, they can surely provide the spark needed to beat an opponent like Miami. He wants to play in front of the fans. Miami's physical play also won't surprise the Sixers in game 3 as it did in game 2.

Game 3 is Thursday as the series shifts to San Antonio. He's their best player and is considered a Defensive Player of The Year candidate this season, but Game 1 proved that the 76ers can handle their business without him.