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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Embiid says his face feels "good, nothing to complain about" after he played on Thursday for the first since suffering a fractured orbital bone on March 28.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

New Orleans point guard Rajon Rondo raved about the growth of Anthony Davis, calling him the best communicator on defense he has played with since Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins. "Early in the year he didn't say a lot. Now he has learned what to say, what not to say." Rondo explained that Davis' contributions to the team go beyond what most observers realize, saying for us "he is easily the defensive player of the year."

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Embiid played on Thursday for the first since March 28. "I feel sore. My whole body. I need about five massages today." He hadn't played a full 5-on-5 game while he was sidelined.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about Hassan Whiteside's struggles this series, Joel Embiid declines to go in-depth on a Whiteside analysis. ‘I don't care' about Whiteside, he says.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George said his hip is improving but only classified it as "alright," and said it affects him more offensively than defensively.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Embiid doesn't seem concerned by the possibility of Miami being more physical with the Sixers in Game 4. He says he's one of the most physical players in the league, thrives amid contact and loves being aggressive.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Embiid said he wanted to ‘fit in' to the Sixers' offense rather than having Brett Brown run plays for him in Game 3. Seems like it will take some time for he and his teammates to re-acclimate to one another after Embiid's 3-week absence.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry says despite leading the series 3-0 his team has "appropriate fear" about the Blazers, a team that won 13 straight recently. When I asked him how he designs a game plan against complacency, Gentry talked about how Rajon Rondo has warned his New Orleans teammates that the Pelicans have no room and no interest in another trip to Portland.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown made one thing clear today at practice: he expects Miami to be especially physical with his young Sixers in Game 4.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Khris Middleton knows the Bucks young big men like Tyler Zeller and potentially Thon Maker are going to have to step up in Game 3 if John Henson is out. Middleton's main piece of advice to Zeller and co. "Be a presence." Bucks hoping they can catch a lift from somewhere on the bench.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Rozier on whether Eric Bledsoe can motivate him for Game 3: “He can't motivate me. He don't motivate me at all. Even the negative stuff [about the Celtics' postseason chances] when you turn on ESPN, they wasn't motivating me before the playoffs started. I already motivated myself so they were too late. ... We're not really worried about what nobody's saying. Our opponent's still gotta go through us between the lines. And I meant that."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens before Game 3 in Milwaukee: "It's a ton of fun to play at home in the playoffs but it's a ton of fun to play on the road if you're a competitor. And one of the things that I want our guys to do is really kinda relish the challenge of getting a chance to play on the road against a really good team."

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Bradley Beal said Scott Brooks apologized to him when the coach met with Beal and John Wall this week. Beal said Brooks challenged him to be more aggressive and apologized for Beal not shooting enough. When asked if there's an ideal amount of shots for him to have that would likely mean he's clicking, Beal thought about it and said 20 attempts.

ESPN Stats and Information  

It's been all LeBron James for the first 2 games against the Pacers. He's scored 70 points in the first 2 games, 46 more than the next-most, 24 by Kevin Love. Then it drops back to 20 for J.R. Smith. To compare, James had 20 points in the first quarter of Game 2 alone.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

High praise from ex-Knicks great Charles Oakley for Sixers center Joel Embiid: "We haven't seen anyone like Joel Embiid since Wilt Chamberlain," Oakley wrote on Twitter.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall getting shots up at the Wizards morning shootaround before pretty much their biggest game of the season.

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue's biggest talking point heading into Game 3 against the Indiana Pacers was making sure the Cleveland Cavaliers guards attack with more purpose. "Just showing them on film spots where they can be aggressive attacking the basket," Lue said at shootaround Friday. "Pick-and-rolls, we got to get downhill versus their big. DHOs - dribble-handoffs - coming off and turning the corner, being aggressive getting into that paint because they're a help team and then we can kick out and we can get shots and get 3s. So, we just got to be more aggressive attacking the basket and making plays at the basket and then look for our shooters when we can."