In Game 3 of the Eastern Conference playoff match-up between No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers and No. 6 Brooklyn Nets, Philly posted an impressive 131-115 win at the Barclays Center, without star big man Joel Embiid.
The former Kansas star has been nursing a sore knee during the series. He played in the first two games, which the teams split, but sat out game three.
In his absence, Ben Simmons emerged, posting a playoff career high 31 points, as well as 9 assists for Philly. The teams play game four in a few minutes, once again in Brooklyn.
Joel Embiid was considered doubtful ahead of the game, but the 76ers have gotten some good news on that front.
Just minutes ahead of the 76ers at Nets tip-off, we’ve learned that Joel Embiid will play for Philadelphia.
The All-Star is set to start at center.
Joel Embiid is starting today.
— Tom Moore (@TomMoorePhilly) April 20, 2019
Embiid’s minutes have been pretty limited thus far in the series, though he has been quite effective. In Game 1, Brooklyn’s 111-102 upset win, Embiid played 24 minutes, scoring 21 and grabbing 15 rebounds. He helped get Brooklyn in some serious foul trouble, but didn’t see much time down the stretch.
In Game 2, which Philly took 145-123, Embiid played 21 minutes, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 boards.
The Sixers lead the upstart Nets 2-1 in the series.