Playoffs 2019 East First Round: 76ers (3) vs. Nets (6)

Knee keeps Embiid sidelined for Game 3

After bouncing back to tie their first-round series in Game 2, the Sixers built momentum without Joel Embiid in Game 3.

Philadelphia’s All-Star center did not play in the Sixers’ 131-115 victory due to the troublesome left knee that has forced him to miss 15 games since Feb. 21. Embiid put up 23 points and 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes against Brooklyn on Monday, when the Sixers outscored the Nets 51-23 in the third quarter.

Veteran center Greg Monroe, who signed with Philadelphia on April 4, started Game 3 in Embiid’s place. Monroe finished with nine points and 13 rebounds in 24 minutes, with Bobab Marjanovic adding 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench.