The Philadelphia 76ers are eagerly awaiting Miami after the second defeat for a return of her injured superstar Joel Embbiid. While the HEAT is preparing to be there again in game 3, its head coach is not yet sure.
As Doc Rivers explained after the 103:11 defeat at South Beach, he had made Facetime calls with Embiid on the two days before the game, but cannot currently make a forecast when the camera is ready again. “He looked good when it comes to talking, but there are still so many steps that he has to go through. I don’t think that he has only finished one of them so far. So we have to wait.”
Embbiid suffered a break in the series in the series against the Toronto Raptors in game 6 and a concussion when he was hit by Pascal Siakam on a drive with the elbow. Previously, he had already injured his thumb in game 3, and a ligament tear was diagnosed, which is only to be treated operatively after the playoffs. As Chris Haynes from tnt explained on the air on the air during the second game in Miami Live, Wednesday was the first day on which Embiid was able to use his smartphone again, as the lights had previously caused him problems. After the return of the team to Philly, further investigations are to take place.
Without their star center, the Sixers also clearly lost game 2, in addition to the disadvantages in the zone (34:44 rebounds, 21 approved second chance points), the threesome again did not fell with the guests (8/30, mia: 14/29). Thanks to Tyrese Maxey (34 points) and another good performance by Tobias Harris (21), Philadelphia remained in the game for a long time. James Harden (20, 9 Assists) was at least a little improved.
While Harden and Co. hope at least for a comeback from Embiid, the heats are firmly convinced – and would also look forward to a sporting point of view: “This is my boy, I want to fight him. They are another team when he It is. I want to play against those who are the MVP for me, “said Jimmy Butler. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra added that it would be “irresponsible” not to plan accordingly. And Bam Adebayo, Embiid’s possible direct opponent, said: “You are in a 0-2 hole. I assume that he will play.”
Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers (2-0): The series at a glance
|1||3. May||1.30 a.m.||Miami Heat||Philadelphia 76ers||106: 92|
|2||5. May||1.30 a.m.||Miami Heat||Philadelphia 76ers||119: 103|
|3||7. May||1 o’clock||Philadelphia 76ers||Miami Heat||–|
|4||9. May||2 o’clock||Philadelphia 76ers||Miami Heat||–|
|5*||11. May||TBD||Miami Heat||Philadelphia 76ers||–|
|6*||13. May||TBD||Philadelphia 76ers||Miami Heat||–|
|7*||16. May||TBD||Miami Heat||Philadelphia 76ers||–|
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