Sixers big man Joel Embiid shocked everyone by playing in Game 3 of the team’s playoff series against the Heat on Thursday night.
Embiid was initially listed as doubtful, as he’s been recovering from an orbital bone fracture. And then, just a few hours before the game, he was upgraded to probable, and ended up playing.
He did wear a mask, though, which was extremely strong, and had protective eyewear built into it.
Here’s what it looked like.
The material used may have been strong, but the mask itself apparently was not, as at one point, a piece of it fell off during the game. Justise Winslow even stomped on it.
It’s likely that Winslow’s actions were intentional here, and that he was attempting to stick it to Embiid. The Sixers, however, got the last laugh, emerging with a huge win to help shift the momentum back in their favor.