Joel Embiid unlikely to play first playoff game

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"Me, 100 percent", Simmons said.

Embiid said he hoped the National Basketball Association would allow him to wear a black mask that made him look like the 76ers' version of Zorro.

The Sixers led by as many as 30 points in the opening period, the largest first-quarter lead in the National Basketball Association since the Los Angeles Clippers held a 31-point advantage over the Sixers en route to a 123-78 victory on February 9, 2014.

"I want to play but right now I feel like I'm not ready yet", Embiid said. "I do feel confident to tell you and the public that Game 1 is highly unlikely".

"Just based on the way I've been feeling the past couple days and how well I've progressed, unlikely".

He said: "To see his teammates react to Markelle Fultz was special".

As of yet, Embiid is not being exposed to any contact, and is primarily focused on conditioning through running, work on the exercise bike, and other means of working out that don't involve contact. One concern at the time of the injury was Embiid's vision.

"I think everybody knows me, and everybody knows that I love playing". "I can rant and rave right now but I don't think that's the important thing. If people could get 15 rebounds, they would". "There's a lot of accolades I want to get, but I ultimately want to win a ring".

He played 37 minutes against the Grizzlies to clinch his 10 rebound per game average to go with his 25.4 points and 10.3 assists. It's now in the past, although it's the very recent past and will take some shaking out of the players' minds. The NBA prefers that players wear clear masks, and in 2014 made LeBron James change from a black carbon-fiber mask to the clear version. The Sixers were a good defensive team all season, but it was on offense where they saw the most improvement. Embiid said he deserved to win National Basketball Association defensive player of the year, Simmons should be rookie of the year and Brown for coach of the year.

He added: "I'm actually surprised how fast it is getting better".

Regardless of what color the mask is, Embiid's return is of massive importance to Philadelphia's playoff hopes.

In Miami, Wayne Ellington scored a career-high 32 points and set the Heat's single-season record for 3-pointers, helping Miami wrap up the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.

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