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Joel Embiid mask memes flood Twitter, dubbed the 'Phantom of the Opera'

Joshua Rogers May 7, 2022
Joel Embiid mask memes flood Twitter, dubbed the 'Phantom of the Opera'
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Joel Embiid black mask memes flooded Twitter after the 76ers star rocked a new look vs the Miami Heat in Game 3. Some even called Joel Embiid the ‘Phantom of the Opera’.

After much speculation 76ers Joel Embiid took to the floor for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The MVP frontrunner was touch and go for the game all week but in the end decided to suit up.

As soon as the game started, Joel Embiid mask memes flooded Twitter, with some calling him the Phantom of the Opera.

Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Why is Joel Embiid wearing a mask?

Embiid was already pretty banged up heading into Philly’s first round playoff series vs the Raptors. During the series, it emerged that he was playing with a torn thumb ligament.

Then, in the closeout Game 6 last Thursday, things went from bad to worse as the Philly big man took an elbow off Pascal Siakam. He suffered both a fractured orbital and a mild concussion, and was ruled out for Games 1 and 2.

Joel Embiid mask memes flood Twitter, called Phantom of the Opera

Over the years there’s been a number of players who have been forced to wear a mask in-game after suffering injuries (Kobe and LeBron to name just two); After showing off his new look, the Joel Embiid mask memes quickly circulated on social media.

Some were even calling Joel Embiid the ‘Phantom of the Opera’:

Let’s see if Embiid can be the hero the 76ers badly need tonight.

Can the 76ers win tonight? Or will the Heat go 3-0 up in the series? Let us know in the comments!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.