Embiid's absence was felt in the 76ers' Game 2 113-103 loss Monday night, which evened the first-round series at one win apiece and brought their 17-game win streak, stretching back to March 13, to an end.
History shows that Game 3 has been pivotal in best-of-seven National Basketball Association series that are tied at 1-1.
The Sixers were 7-for-36 from three-point range (19.4%) in Game 2. The status of 76ers forward, Joel Embiid, will likely be a major factor in determining the victor of this series. Game 3 will tip off at 9:00 a.m. AEDT Friday in Miami.
Wade showed otherwise as the Heat qualified for the playoffs and he put his naysayers to rest on Monday night. Marco Belinelli scored 16 points while Ersan Ilyasova scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Embiid told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that there's a "pretty good chance" he plays in Game 2 or Game 3: "If it was my decision I would play, but I can't get back out on the court if I don't have the OK from them, but everything has been going well".
Center, Hassan Whiteside, has still been a relative no-show in this series.
According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, a source said a "forceful blow" to Embiid's orbital bone could cause permanent damage to the sight in his left eye. Look for Miami to continue to be extremely physical with the 76ers in game 3 as well. He knows, and the Sixers should know how much of a difference the game will be if Embiid is out there playing. "Especially when you're on the road, when you got people like Kevin Hart talking on the sideline", Wade said.
"When he is not able to do that he gets frustrated".
Following the game, Wade stated 76ers fans can thank comedian Kevin Hart for that vintage performance after all the trash he talked during the game. On the 76ers' next possession, Simmons finished a fastbreak with a dunk, and the Heat's lead was sliced to 93-87.
Game 3 will be tomorrow in Miami. Portland need this game or they will be in serious trouble headed to the Big Easy. Ben Simmons looks like a future NBA Star and has performed well in his first two career playoff games. Not often do you blow a team out when allowing over 100 points but the Sixers' shooting made it happen. The Heat won both of the regular-season matchups at home by a total of 10 points.
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