Unlikely (for Game 1), but there's still a chance.
On a night when permutations for seeding were the talk of the National Basketball Association, the situation was relatively simple for the Milwaukee Bucks entering Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. He has been cleared of a concussion after surgery on March 31. The big man is expected to wear a protective mask during the playoffs, but on Monday he told reporters he would likely miss game one on Saturday. "It still doesn't feel all the way right".
In Miami, Wayne Ellington scored a career-high 32 points and set the Heat's single-season record for 3-pointers, helping Miami wrap up the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Here, from NBA.com, is the entire playoff schedule for all eight first-round series.
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is unlikely to be medically cleared to play in the first game of the National Basketball Association playoff series with the Miami Heat. "With the way it's been progressing, I'm hopeful I'll be back soon". "Now that I know that the guys are going to go out and play and every time we step on the court be the favorite, they're kind of buying time for me to make sure I'm all the way, 100 percent", he continued.
Embiid lobbied for his black mask. That said, it would be fun to see the 7-footers go at it, both in the paint and with verbal salvos before, after and between games. "With the black mask, it kind of gives you a clear vision".
Embiid has yet to participate in any contact drills and has limited his activities to light workouts.
The biggest game on Wednesday's slate is the Denver at Minnesota contest, the first last-day-of-season game in 21 years where the victor will go to the playoffs and the loser will miss the postseason. Three of the four games were decided by six points or less. But he stayed healthy until the freak injury and developed into one of the league's top defenders (1.8 blocks, 38 double-doubles).
"To see his teammates react to Markelle Fultz was special", 76ers coach Brett Brown said. Actually, I wouldn't say that because I don't think I'm ready to play, because it still doesn't feel all the way right. "We have the resume". Last year, I kind of had a knock on me for not playing a lot of games. They were without Embiid for the final nine games of the streak (including the game in which he was injured), played at the league's fastest pace over that stretch, and managed to cut down on turnovers.