Joel Embiid to miss Game 1 vs. Heat

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The duo have been absolutely magnificent this season and have often carried the team on their backs and took them past the finish line.

It doesn't take rocket science to realize that Philly's postseason chances are mostly on the shoulders of their two superstars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Redick and Marco Belinelli are hot from 3 and Markelle Fultz is back.

With all that said however, Miami still has a leg up in many ways.

"We finally got this 50th-plus win season and now we're in the playoffs", added Jenkins.

"It was just a matter of going out there and enjoying myself and playing confident", Fultz said.

Much will depend on the progress of Joel Embiid's return from an orbital bone fracture in his left eye-but who's to say that the Sixers bypass all of the timetables and win the National Basketball Association championship this year?

While it was an oddity looming over the Sixers season, with the team now entering the postseason, Fultz's extended absence could benefit Philadelphia in some surprising ways. "I feel like I'm best the center in the league". So it's not the time to panic over inexperience or try to tinker with the rotation.

Sixers coach Brett Brown was on "The Dan Patrick Show" this morning and said, barring "something remarkable", his All-Star big man will not suit up. "To try to overthink it, especially in Game 1, is not going to happen". He was joined by his son Amir Jenkins to witness the Sixers playing the Milwaukee Bucks in their last regular-season matchup before the playoffs begin on Saturday. And they didn't just sneak in to earn the right to get crushed by the Toronto Raptors in the first round.

The 7-footer will be a key contributing factor, with season averages of 22.9 points, 11 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game.

Whiteside averaged 14.0 points per game this season. "We are 25-and-1 at home since Christmas".

Should bettors be concerned with Philadelphia's lack of playoff experience? But he understands what his team leader was getting at.

"Right from the start, there were problems", Bucks coach Joe Punty said. "You don't know what you don't know".

I think no matter how this team fares in the playoffs this season has been a tremendous success and the fan base in the city of brotherly love should be thrilled for years to come.

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