The series was tied 1-1 after the Heat won Game 2 on Monday in Philadelphia.
For the Sixers, Dario Saric provided an offensive spark with 21 points, and he shot 4 of 7 on 3-pointers.
But the focus was on Embiid in his first game since fracturing the orbital bone near his left eye and suffering a concussion against the New York Knicks on March 28.
Already on the edge of their seats for the first home game of the playoffs, fans erupted when Rudy Gay threw down a one-handed dunk over Golden State’s JaVale McGee. He was in foul trouble throughout, finished with only five points and was largely a nonfactor in his team’s 128-108 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. “Not only was he injured, but he had to play in a playoff game on the road in a mask”.
The Sixers were doing testing on this mask for the past 10 days to make sure it was ready once he was cleared. It has a protective lens in there, as well. But he has exceeded in many ways the expectation I had for him.
Joel Embiid experienced a successful postseason debut against the Miami Heat.
Goran Dragic scored 23 points for Miami, which got 19 from Justise Winslow and 14 from Josh Richardson. Joel lasted 4:12 in his first stint, scoring four points all from the line.
But in the second half, the Sixers defensive shut down Winslow, and he didn’t score.
The Heat remained with an opening five of Whiteside at centre, James Johnson and Josh Richardson at forward, Dragic and Tyler Johnson at guard. “His shot attempts are going to be there”.
“Erin and Gregg were best friends who were together for 40 years, and Erin’s impact and influence on our organization, on our families, on our players and their families will be felt for years to come”, Buford said. “But I’m glad, came back today and we got a win”. Coach wants me to just be in a corner and set picks. “So I had to work through it, and I did, and we got a pretty good win”.
Winslow said that seeing Embiid in the game made it “different”. He’s still causing problems, finding shooters, running transition.
Great to have you back, Jo-Jo.
How quickly things have changed for the Trail Blazers. A 9-1 outburst early in the fourth finally had the Sixers ahead by a substantial margin, 105-95 and maintained it, building their edge to 15 after a Simmons thunderous dunk with 2:21 to play. It led to a Heat timeout with 9:11 to play, down 105-95. Durant had 17 points in the first half to counter 10 points each from Gay and Parker. With The Process back, a run the NBA Finals could be in the cards for Philly.
Philadelphia exploded in the fourth quarter, putting what was once a close game into blowout status.