Joel Embiid Put His Mask On And Shined In Playoff Debut

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Promised the city that and made it happen. I wish I was in that game to also act like that, because it kind of pissed me off and I was on the sideline, like really mad. Just having Embiid on the court affected how Miami played both offensively and defensively.

"Probably more assists for me", Ben Simmons said with a laugh before the game, referring to the benefits of having Embiid back on the floor.

Considering several of his players, including Embiid, are making their first appearance in the playoffs, Sixers coach Brett Brown said Friday he felt his team handled the physicality maturely.

Miami's Justise Winslow has been fined $15,000 by the National Basketball Association for attempting to damage Philadelphia center Joel Embiid's facemask during Game 3 of their playoff series. "And we paid the price for that", Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra told the Miami Herald following the bleeding his team allowed. Bringing him back will take a little bit of time.

He scored 23 points at the American Airlines Arena in his first career play-off game, while Dario Saric and Marco Belinelli added 21 points each with Game 4 looming today.

Embiid brushed off Winslow's actions, saying after the game that he has plenty of masks.

JOEL EMBIID of the Philadelphia 76ers, on the carbon-fibre mask-and-goggles combination that ensured protection.

Although the former Kansas star, who never played in an NCAA Tournament game back in 2014 due to a back injury, missed the last three weeks and the 76ers' previous 10 games due to an orbital bone fracture near his left eye, a masked Embiid returned to the lineup to lead his team to a road victory in his postseason launch. He played with a black face mask. "But that was the only way I could play in this game, if I wore the mask and protected my face with goggles".

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The rookie standout continued his splurge in the fourth quarter and made a floater to give the Jazz an 81-80 edge with 9:50 left. We threw the first punch, they punched us back tonight and now we have to go on the road and get a win at their place.

"He kept throwing it on the ground, so I don't know if he didn't like it or what", Winslow said, via NBC Sports' Jessica Camerato. I hate sitting out. "But they can't guard me".

"That's what I live for". "I love attacking. I love going to the free-throw line". I love the sun, the sand and the skin that loiters the beaches in SoBe.

"There is a complete overarching sort of feeling and trying to get ahead of the story", Brown said. "The professionalism he showed and him doing whatever he could to return to play". The mask will have protective eyewear built into it.

Golden State coasted through the fourth period before wrapping up a 13-point win, 110-97. Whiteside finished with only one field-goal attempt in Game 3, an alley-oop lob from Dwyane Wade that got turned into a dunk in the fourth quarter, seconds before Whiteside was taken out of the game for good.

Nikola Mirotic and Anthony Davis led the way as New Orleans dominated from start to finish in a dismantling of visiting Portland, giving the Pelicans a 3-0 lead in a Western Conference first-round playoff series.

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Asked if he would be coaching on Sunday Messina said, "We don't know, we will talk, we will see".