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Embiid returns for 76ers in Game 3 with protective mask

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is in the starting lineup for Game 3 of Friday’s playoff series against Miami after missing the first two games with a fractured right eye socket and a minor concussion.

Embiid warmed up in a protective mask as he made his comeback with the Sixers trying to win their first game in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Heat led the series 2-0.

“He really couldn’t do much,” said coach Doc Rivers before the game. “We just have the conditioning and how he looks on the floor.”

Embiid led the 76ers in the regular season, averaging 30.6 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. And despite being plagued by a right thumb ligament injury that requires offseason surgery, he averaged 26.2 points and 11.3 rebounds in the six games against Toronto in the first round.

Embiid is one of three finalists for MVP, along with Denver’s Nikola Jokic and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Kyle Lowry also returned to the starting lineup for the Heat after missing the last four playoff games with a strained left hamstring. The Heat went 4-0 without the point guard.

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