76ers' Embiid unlikely for Game 1 vs. Heat

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons shook off illness to score 14 points for a 121-113 win over Atlanta

Camera Icon Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons shook off illness to score 14 points for a 121-113 win over Atlanta

Will we get to see the matchup that oozes personality and one-upsmanship, namely, Joel Embiid vs. Hassan Whiteside?

"I don't think I'm ready to play", he said on Wednesday night before the Sixers beat the Milwaukee Bucks for their 16th consecutive victory.

That appears to be the same mask he was wearing in an Instagram video a day earlier.

Embiid said, via nba.com, it's "unlikely but still a chance", he plays in Game 1.

Embiid, who suffered the injury when he and Sixers team-mate Markelle Fultz collided on March 28, was fitted for a protective facemask an practised at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

The Duke product is averaging 17.1 points per game behind 42 percent shooting from deep in his first season with the Sixers as a veteran leader on a team with plenty of young potential. "Hopefully, it gets approved and I get to play in it". The two teams met back in 2010-11 in the playoffs, when the "Big 3" of LeBron James, Chirs Bosh and Dwayne Wade disposed of the Sixers in five games.

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. "But we're going to see how it feels".

Fultz, who only played 14 games after missing much of this season with shoulder and reported anxiety issues, averaged 7.1 points per game to go along with 3.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

Well, in the Sixers final game of the regular season, they once again proved why they are a team to be reckoned with in route to their record-breaking 16th straight victory. "Actually, I wouldn't say that because I don't think I'm ready to play, because it still doesn't feel all the way right", said Embiid. Philadelphia's win over Milwaukee extended the team's franchise-record winning streak to 16 games. Justin Anderson led the Sixers with 25 points and Dario Saric had 24.

The NBA playoffs begin this weekend, though the official dates and times for the games have not been announced yet.

"If (they) have a shirt made of this dunk already then your the (goat emoji)", added Mitchell, who played his sophomore season at Louisville while Simmons was immersed in an National Basketball Association culture previous year.

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