All-Star center Joel Embiid is doubtful for Game 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round series against the Heat on Thursday.
Embiid has been sidelined since March 28 due to a broken orbital bone and a concussion. He cleared the NBA’s concussion protocol earlier this week and practiced with the Sixers on Tuesday and Wednesday, although he was a limited participant on Wednesday.
There remains no definitive timetable for Embiid’s return.
Brown also said there would be at least a slight adjustment required to implement Embiid into the offense after a nearly three-week absence.
“I think defensively, he immediately comes in and changes the landscape,” Brown said. “The game is being played so fast right now [and] he has not been with us for a while, so I think the adjustment offensively might be a little bit more noticeable than defensively initially.”
“These games will not only bring the excitement of NBA action directly to our passionate Chinese fans, but also provide our teams and players an opportunity to experience the rich culture and history of the country,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “The Mavericks and 76ers, both playing in China for the first time, will be able to encounter firsthand the incredible support of our Chinese fans and bond with one another through projects and events in the local community.”
The 25th and 26th NBA games in China will feature Philadelphia’s rising core of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons against Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr.
The Mavericks recently changed their Chinese name to translate to “Lone Ranger Heroes,” since their Mavericks name in Chinese is translated as “Little Cows.”
“When I played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I witnessed China’s enthusiasm for basketball firsthand,” Nowitzki said in a statement. “It will be a fantastic experience for our franchise to play in China for the first time. We’re also excited about the possibility of reconnecting with two great Chinese players who played for the Mavericks — Wang Zhizhi and Yi Jianlian.”
Embiid offered his take.