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Joel Embiid is done with Philadelphia’s latest process.

Listed as doubtful in the morning Authentic
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eventually put in the starting lineup by the 76ers for Game 3 of their Eastern
Conference first-round series against the Miami Heat on Thursday night.

Embiid participated in the team’s morning shootaround, and apparently coach
Brett Brown saw enough from his All-Star center to approve his return.

”We like what we have seen over the past few days,” Brown said.

Embiid has missed Philadelphia’s last 10 games while recovering from a
concussion and surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone around his left eye.
He’s no longer in the NBA’s concussion protocol, and took to social media after
Philadelphia’s Game 2 loss to Miami to announce that he is ”sick and tired of
being babied.”

Translated: Embiid was declaring himself ready to play, and now the 76ers
agree. So does the NBA, in the sense that the league needed to approve the style
of mask that Embiid will wear to protect his face. It’s composed of both
polycarbonate and carbon-fiber material and is shaded dark but still is
translucent enough to meet league guidelines.

The 76ers’ medical staff collaborated with the league’s independent medical
experts on the makeup and design of the mask Cheap
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won’t be re-injured if struck in the face.

”We’re just trying to move forward in a positive way,” Brown said.

Embiid wore the mask and went through practice Wednesday, getting used to
contact again. His initial playoff appearance this year will be the first
postseason game of his career.

”I want Joel Embiid in this mix,” Brown said. ”He has a chance to make us
different. … He is as driven and as competitive as any player that I’ve been
around.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Miami was prepared for the possibility that
Embiid would play Thursday.

”You can’t spend too much time on an uncertainty,” Spoelstra said. ”But you
have to spend a little bit of time.”

Embiid averaged 22.9 points and 11 rebounds in 63 games this season.

More NBA basketball: Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh
officially was released Wednesday by the Miami Dolphins at the start of free
agency, and the team made official the trades to acquire defensive end Robert
Quinn and send Jarvis Landry to the Cleveland Browns.

Miami also announced the release of tight end Julius Thomas Cheap
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 , which had been expected. The Dolphins decided
to keep right tackle Ja'Wuan James, which guarantees him $9.34 million in
2018.

Restructured contracts for quarterback Ryan Tannehill and Pro Bowl safety
Reshad Jones cleared $18 million in cap space. The Dolphins converted $16.7
million of Tannehill's 2018 salary to bonus pay, underscoring their long-term
investment in him, and converted $9.4 million of Jones' salary this year to
bonus pay.

Suh was halfway through the $114 million, six-year deal he signed when he
joined the Dolphins in 2015. Along with the incentive of creating $17 million in
cap space this year, the move was widely seen as part of coach Adam Gase's
attempt to improve the locker room culture following a 6-10 season.

Suh's standoffish personality raised questions about his
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game.

Landry went to the Browns for a fourth-round draft pick this year and a
seventh-rounder in 2019. Quinn was acquired from the Los Angeles Rams for a
fourth-round pick, and the teams swapped sixth-round choices.

Thomas was a disappointment in his lone season with Miami, catching 41 passes
for 388 yards and three scores.

Miami tendered three exclusive rights free agents: center Jake Brendel,
linebacker Mike Hull and defensive back Jordan Lucas. The team declined to
tender offensive lineman Anthony Steen, linebacker Neville Hewitt, quarterback
David Fales or running back De'Veon Smith Kenny
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team.

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