NBA fines Sixers for violating Embiid injury report originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Officially, Joel Embiid’s return to the Sixers’ lineup for Friday night’s Game 3 against the Heat was only confirmed about 40 minutes before the tip.
The NBA did not approve of how the Sixers got to this point.
The league announced Saturday night that the team was fined $50,000 for failing to disclose Embiid’s status “accurately and in a timely manner.”
Embiid had been out since sustaining a right orbital fracture and concussion in last Thursday’s Game 6 win for the Sixers against the Raptors.
Late Friday morning, a team official said Embiid cleared the NBA’s concussion record, attended the Sixers’ shooting and remained out. The Sixers upgraded Embiid to doubtful around 12:30 p.m. This designation did not change throughout the afternoon. Embiid went through his pregame warm-up routine with a protective mask on and then, as most observers would have assumed at the time, was named one of the Sixers’ starters. He scored 18 points and 11 rebounds in the team’s win.
Embiid and Isaiah Joe (right ankle sprain) were listed as questionable in Saturday night’s Sixers injury report.
Miami labeled seven players as questionable for Game 4. It’s typical of the Heat to give players that classification and then say they’re “warming up with the intent to play.” This is generally synonymous with being available.
The injury report has often not been a particularly reliable indicator of a player’s status this postseason, both for the Sixers and their opponents. During the team’s first-round series against Toronto, Gary Trent Jr., Thaddeus Young, and Scottie Barnes played in games after being deemed doubtful.
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