Mask-wearing Joel Embiid cleared to face Heat

The Philadelphia 76ers cleared All-Star Joel Embiid to play just minutes before tip-off against the Miami Heat in the NBA playoffs.

Embiid will wear a mask made of carbon and poly carbonate in game three on Thursday, having sat out the opening two games of Philadelphia's first-round Eastern Conference series with the Heat.

The 24-year-old has been sidelined - who was upgraded to probable for the clash - suffered an orbital fracture during the regular season.

Philadelphia and Miami are tied at 1-1 following the Heat's win on Monday.



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