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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Brown says he'll keep a close eye on Joel Embiid's conditioning closely if Embiid plays in Game 3. There will be no hard minutes restriction on Embiid if he plays.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Empty arena ahead of Game 3. Lots of free t-shirts.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Brown says there's ‘a semblance of order' when the Sixers can get the ball to Joel Embiid in the post. "The world kind of makes sense," he says.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Brown says Joel Embiid will start if he plays in Game 3. He says Embiid's status will depend on how he feels after warmups.

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Joel Embiid getting set to return tonight for Game 3 of this playoff series against the Heat. As long as there's no setbacks in pregame warmups, he's been cleared both from a healing standpoint and a protection standpoint to go.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Brown said Joel Embiid is ‘trending in a positive way.' He says Embiid has been medically cleared to play.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Erik Spoelstra has said he expects the ball to be in Ben Simmons' hands less often if and when Joel Embiid returns. That's something to keep an eye on in Game 3.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said his team has prepared for Joel Embiid's return and during the series.

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

My understanding is that the mask Embiid is gonna wear is the one he and the Sixers requested. In other words he's comfortable with it.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

If Joel Embiid plays in Game 3, his conditioning will be a factor. He hasn't played in three weeks.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers center Joel Embiid has been upgraded from doubtful to probable for Game 3 tonight, the team says.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Warriors swingman Klay Thompson said he never met the late Erin Popovich, but, Thompson said, "She had to put up with Pop, so I know she's an amazing woman and he's an amazing man. Just very unfortunate part of life. Our thoughts are with them. I couldn't imagine what they're going through." Thompson added of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and why he's so beloved, "He's a voice for a lot of people who don't have one. He's a very thoughtful man and just has a great mind to him -- not just with basketball but with his world views and everything outside this arena."