• Joel Embiid
    F/C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) has been ruled out of Thursday's Game 3 against the Nets and Greg Monroe will start in his place.

    Game 3 has quickly become an absolute must-win for the Nets, who can't afford to squander an opportunity with Philadelphia losing their major matchup advantage at center. Monroe, Boban Marjanovic, Jonah Bolden and Mike Scott will take up most of the center minutes tonight, though we may see Ben Simmons log some time at the five considering he'd like to get more post touches. Embiid's health is going to determine the length of Philly's playoff run, but we doubt that the Sixers would put the cart before the horse here with the Nets proving to be a very capable opponent. If he can't get close to full strength in the coming days, this first-round series will get very, very interesting. Embiid was unable to play tonight despite two days off since Game 2, which is not a great sign with Game 4 set for Saturday afternoon.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter