Heat snap 76ers 17-game winning streak, even up series

Heat snap 76ers 17-game winning streak, even up series

Sixers coach Brett Brown later was forced to respond to a profane social media post from injured star Joel Embiid, who wrote of his frustration at being "babied" after watching the defeat from the sidelines.

The 76ers center was ruled out for Game 2 on Monday (AEDT) despite clearing the NBA's concussion protocol. "He wants to play in front of the fans, and he wants to see this through", the coach said after the Sixers' 113-103 loss.

"Tonight was about us bringing more of a physical mindset as a group", Wade said after the game. "I thought we did that". Monday night's performance and his comments afterward proved just that.

The Sixers have experimented with different looks at the five spot. In Game 1 they laid back on him and dared him to shoot, but instead he dribbled into that space and made passes or hit little floaters over guys.

Playing without injured All-Star centre Joel Embiid for the 10th straight game, the Sixers almost pulled off an epic comeback and rallied from 16 down to just two points late in the fourth. He averages 22.9 points, 3.2 assists, 11.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 63 games for the Sixers this season and will be crucial in their attempts to win a first National Basketball Association championship since 1983.

"When the game slows down and you know you need a guaranteed bucket, you can throw it into Jo", Johnson said.




This game had a similar first half as Game 1, but saw more pressure on Philly's shooters from the get-go. This time though it appears frustration got the best of him.

Dwyane Wade put in a vintage performance to help the Miami Heat peg the series back to 1-1. Again, there was no timetable on when Embiid would return this series, if at all.

When it became apparent that Miami was going to stick to the 76ers' shooters all evening, Brown should have instructed Simmons back down his defender earlier and have the other Sixers screen away from Simmons. It would be ideal for the team to get him involved in a practice environment before he plays, both for his conditioning and to integrate him back into a system that has been adjusted in his absence.

"He's a superstar", Johnson said.

Hart was seated next to Sixers legend Allen Iverson last night, but Wade made it clear that he was only talking trash to, and grilling, the comedian in the blue 76ers gear.

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