If my assumption is correct, that means Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra will make necessary adjustments to combat the Sixer's firepower.
Dwyane Wade passed Larry Bird on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list on Monday night, jumping to the 10th spot on the list. However, crucial misses eventually led to Wade burying multiple buckets to seal the game late on.
Wade controlled the tempo of the second quarter during Monday night's Game 2 and poured in 21 points before halftime to help send Miami into the locker room with a 56-42 lead.
The defeat marks the Sixers' first loss since their March 13 defeat to the Indiana Pacers and despite previously going 9-0 without injured star center Joel Embiid, his absence was especially felt this game with the 24-year-old later expressing his frustration on Instagram, stating he was "f--g sick and exhausted of being babied".
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After Monday's game, Embiid took to Instagram to vent his frustrations, writing, "F--ing sick and exhausted of being babied".
Joel Embiid is getting restless sitting on the sidelines. "I just want the green light to play". "When he's not able to do that, he gets frustrated". The All-Star center suffered a fractured orbital bone after taking an incidental shot from teammate Markelle Fultz on March 28. "It's born out of competitiveness, and it's born out of him wanting to be with his team". But instead of the lighthearted posts we've come to expect out of him, Embiid was furious on his Instagram Story.
There are two things to watch in the opening game of tonight's National Basketball Association playoff doubleheader between the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers: how much Hassan Whiteside plays, and how effective he is when he does.
Embiid, who averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 63 games in the regular season, has cleared the NBA's concussion protocol.