Coming off a torching 27-point Game 1 victory in their first round matchup between the Miami Heat, the Philadelphia 76ers could not build from their success, as they dropped Game 2 113-103.
After shooting over 64% from 3-point range in Game 1, the 76ers shot a miserable 19.4% in Game 2 despite Ben Simmons’ 24 points and Saric’s 23. For the Heat, Dwayne Wade had “turned back the clocks” with 28 points, and and 20 from Goran Dragic.
Now, the 76ers look to regroup for Games 3 and 4 and try to steal a crucial win in Miami before they return to Philadelphia as the Heat will try to win their 2 home games to take a 3-1 lead.
Although it was just one game that the 76ers have lost, the Heat have seemed to find ways to stop this young Philly team. They brought much more physicality against a team that depends on that to win games and made defensive adjustments from Game 1 to prevent Simmons from playing his aggressive style of offense. This forced them to shoot bad shots, which prevented the Sixers from dominating from behind the arc, as they went 7-36.
Now, the main question is whether or not Joel Embiid will be playing in Game 3. According to Ira Winderman, Joel Embiid has been upgraded from doubtful to probable for Game 3.
After suffering a facial contusion as well as a concussion when colliding with Markelle Fultz in a regular season matchup against the Knicks on March 28, he is eager to return and provide for the team. After the Game 2 loss, he expressed his anger on Instagram for not being able to play, writing, “F—ing sick and tired of being babied.”
For the 76ers to win this game, they to play their fast-tempo style of basketball, knock down 3-point shots, and play with more physicality. On the other hand, the Heat need to continue their defensive success from Game 2, play with intensity, and hope Embiid does not return.