Joel Embiid unlikely to play first playoff game

Philadelphia's Marco Belinelli has the ball stolen by Atlanta's Taurean Prince right as John Collins looks on during the second half Tuesday night in Atlanta

Embiid wore a black mask that covered the top part of his face and would need to play with one in the postseason.

The Milwaukee Bucks were well out of reach early against the red-hot Philadelphia 76ers, falling 130-95 on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Embiid believes there are very specific advantages to wearing a black mask vs. a clear mask, and he told reporters he is going to petition the league to wear his in the playoffs, whenever he decides to return.

The Philadelphia 76ers, fully hatched from their "Process" days, have shown themselves to be a contender of the future based on the talent and potential of young stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons and coach Brett Brown's chemistry with the group.

Embiid hasn't played since March 28, when he collided with teammate Markelle Fultz.

Here, from NBA.com, is the entire playoff schedule for all eight first-round series.

"I wouldn't want to play these guys in the first round with them having home-court", Carlisle said. He is a 6-foot-10 point guard who probably will draw one of Miami's frontcourt players like James Johnson as a primary defender, rather than stick any of the Heat guards in that size disadvantage. This doesn't depend exclusively on Embiid's ability to play with a protective mask, something he figures to try at some point in the series.

Fultz's landmark night provided an uplifting finish to a regular season that was marred by a lengthy absence because of a shoulder injury that kept him out of the lineup for 68 games. As a team the Bucks undoubtedly earned an F, but I'd argue individually this was a game of mostly average to bad individual performances from across the board. He finished the game with six points and 20 rebounds. "With a clear mask, it feels like there's so much reflection and I can't really see", said Embiid.

Casey says the Raptors have been mindful of minutes all season for the team's "high-usage" players like Lowry and DeRozan.

"I feel I've been the best defensive player in the league this year", Embiid said. Justin Anderson led the Sixers with 25 points and Dario Saric had 24. "This year, when I actually do play a lot of games, I don't know what excuse they're going to find next".

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