In the Eastern Conference, Dwyane Wade produced a vintage performance as the Miami Heat ended ended Philadelphia's 17-game winning streak to level their series 1-1. After Monday's game, the center posted on a Instagram story that said "expletive sick and exhausted of being babied". Our guys will learn more than they've learned in a regular season in the next few weeks, however long we play in the playoffs.
"You're talking about a superstar, of course we are missing him [Embiid] here", Sixers forward Dario Saric said, adding that when he comes back, everyone feels like "he will kick their [Heat] a-s".
The Sixers' star big man took to Instagram to air his frustrations following Philly's 113-103 Game 2 loss to the Heat at Wells Fargo Center on Monday. "He [Embiid] just wants to play basketball, he wants to be with his team, he wants to play in front of the fans and he wants to see this through". They'll no doubt look to use a similar approach, keeping Wade from having his moments, as the series heads to Miami for Games 3 and 4.
It came from a revival for the aged from Dwyane Wade, lockdown defensive defiance from Justise Winslow, restored confidence from Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson. "And when he's not able to do that, he gets frustrated, and we respect his frustration".
The Sixers had surged to a 29-22 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Philadelphia was 7-of-35 from three-point territory and shot just 42.1 percent overall in playing their second straight playoff game without injured center Joel Embiid.
Wade certainly took that advice and ran with it, going 11 of 16 from the field for his 28 points.
"I hate this feeling but maybe it's a good reminder for everybody for next game to lock in", Simmons said.
The 24-year-old has been sidelined since March 28 with a fractured eye socket and while he has been cleared through the league's concussion protocol and has been given a protective mask, the Sixers' medical staff has still not given him the green light to return.
Dragic bounced back with 20 points, while James Johnson stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block. "His frustration is born out of competitiveness". "He was class. He was a gentleman", Brown said.