Heat Rule Out Key Player For NBA Play-In Match vs. 76ers

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As confirmed by the team on Tuesday, Miami Heat guard Terry Rozier will not participate in the upcoming NBA play-in tournament matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Rozier, who has been a key player for Miami, is still recovering from a neck injury sustained during the Heat’s April 7th matchup against the Indiana Pacers.

The absence of Rozier comes at a critical time as the Heat face off against the 76ers in Philadelphia for the coveted No. 7 seed.

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The winner of Wednesday’s game will advance to a first-round playoff series against the New York Knicks, which will start Saturday in New York.

Conversely, the losing team will host a play-in game on Friday against the victor of the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks matchup, with the ultimate winner set to challenge the top-seeded Boston Celtics in another series beginning Sunday.

Rozier, who joined Miami in January through a trade involving Charlotte Hornets’ veteran Kyle Lowry and a future first-round draft pick, has contributed significantly this season. In 31 games with the Heat, he has averaged 16.4 points and 4.6 assists, shooting 37.1% from beyond the arc.

In more positive news for Miami, the team announced that guard Duncan Robinson is set to return to play on Wednesday.

Robinson has been battling a back issue but is now cleared to join the court after missing the last four regular-season games. Despite his health challenges, Robinson noted for his three-point shooting prowess, played in just five of the team’s final 13 games.

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On the Philadelphia side, coach Nick Nurse confirmed that Joel Embiid participated in practice on Tuesday and is expected to play in Wednesday’s game. As a precautionary measure, Embiid rested during Sunday’s season finale against Brooklyn.

However, De’Anthony Melton remains sidelined due to a back problem, and forward Robert Covington is unlikely to return this season due to a knee injury.

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