Joel Embiid, the amusingly arrogant and hysterically amusing Sixers giant, just made a name as perhaps the greatest character to ever wear a mask. "We are here to win a series". Assistant coach Ettore Messina filled in for Popovich.
So he wants to make sure his squad welcomes that style of play and handles it with maturity. I wish more than anything that I was out there.
While masks can help players compete with facial injuries, it is risky for someone like Embiid, who plays in the paint, to come back too soon and possibly catch an elbow or shoulder the wrong way.
The 76ers and Heat have hit peak pettiness in their first-round playoff series.
Although Embiid has only played in one career playoff game, he seems poised to dominate the rest of the series, even though he might be in a bit of pain after each game. If the Cavaliers are not careful, IN could go up 2-1 behind another great performance from Victor Oladipo and his team-mates on Friday. Brown used his time outs effectively to stop potential Miami runs and closed the game using Belinelli instead of Redick while the game was in doubt, which was a good move. The Heat were physical, again, Thursday night.
Game 3 was marked by a handful of incidents that had the Heat and Sixers almost coming to blows, including a scuffle between Dwyane Wade and Philadelphia's Justin Anderson that resulted in both players receiving technical fouls.
During the second quarter, Embiid tossed his mask to the floor in apparent anger, at which point the goggles were stepped on by Miami's Justise Winslow.
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"It was annoying", Embiid said of the black carbon fibre mask.
"I want to get more minutes out there", Whiteside said.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Durant and Livingston: "Both sprained ankles, but I think they'll be all right".
The Sixers are far from intimidated.
Sixers coach Brett Brown once said that Embiid's competitiveness "stands out", and perhaps the only thing that allowed the 24-year-old to sit down comfortably when he was on the sidelines was watching his team continue the 17-game win streak they began before his injury. I felt like they needed me in that way. Philadelphia had 28 assists to only 10 turnovers and out rebounded Miami 50-45.
"[Backup shooting guard] Justin [Anderson] was hyping me up on the bench", he continued, "telling me I'm one of the best players in the league and I have to take over, play good and bring back the win". I like blowing teams out like we did. "I love attacking. I love going to the free-throw line".
For the Sixers, the series also serves as a statement that they won't be pushed around.