Joel Embiid conducts interview in black mask

It is quite a scene whenever Joel Embiid walks into a room, a proverbial parting of the Red Sea as people try to get out of the way of Philadelphia's enormous center.

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.

Embiid believes there are very specific advantages to wearing a black mask vs. a clear mask, and he told reporters he is going to petition the league to wear his in the playoffs, whenever he decides to return.

"It was just a matter of going out there and enjoying myself and playing confident", Fultz said after the game, via ESPN.

Embiid, who suffered the injury when he and Sixers team-mate Markelle Fultz collided on March 28, was fitted for a protective facemask an practised at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

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"I wouldn't want to play these guys in the first round with them having home-court", Carlisle said. "If it was my decision, I would probably play". Unlikely (for Game 1), but there's still a chance.

Fultz's landmark night provided an uplifting finish to a regular season that was marred by a lengthy absence because of a shoulder injury that kept him out of the lineup for 68 games.

"We do stuff slowly", Brown said. Midway through the first quarter, they were out of contention against the Sixers, with their fate in the hands of a handful of teams near the bottom of the playoff picture. Embiid said he deserved to win National Basketball Association defensive player of the year, Simmons should be rookie of the year and Brown for coach of the year.

Joel Embiid and JJ Redick watched from the Philadelphia bench and Ben Simmons had a scoreless first half as the 76ers still won their 16th consecutive game, burying the Bucks early to clinch the No. 3 seed in the East. "I can rant and rave right now but I don't think that's the important thing". We're a top-three defensive team in the league and a lot of that speaks for itself. 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.

At one stage on Wednesday, the Sixers led 72-37.

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