Miami Heat try to slow hot Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2

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However, the Sixers will be without their All-Star center again in Game 2 of their playoff series against the Miami Heat on Monday night.

The 76ers responded, led by their 208cm tall Australian point guard who thrived playing his first National Basketball Association post season game.

Embiid cleared concussion protocol on Sunday, Brown said, though the team does not have a specific date for return.

In just his second season, Embiid averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game while leading Philadelphia to its first playoff berth since 2012. That game will be 8 p.m. Monday at the Wells Fargo Center. Brown added that the 24-year-old instead might participate in on-court work with coaching staff or players who are not in the regular rotation between Games 2 and 3 in a bid to rebuild his conditioning.

After missing each of his first two National Basketball Association seasons due to injury and being limited to 31 games in 2016-17, Embiid played a career-high 63 games this season.

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Certainly, having a player like Embiid in the lineup will help your chances in a game but there's no reason to rush him back before he's ready. That contest is Thursday at Miami.

Embiid previously said he's is optimistic about playing in Game 2 or Game 3. And I feel great.

When Embiid does return, it is expected that he will wear a protective mask after doing so during shootarounds. Philadelphia has won the previous nine and 17 straight overall, counting Saturday's 130-103 trouncing of the Heat in the Eastern Conference first-round opener.

Make it 17 wins in a row.