Wade on fire as Heat burn 76ers

Center Joel Embiid will be a spectator once again when the 76ers take on the Miami Heat Monday night in Game 2 of the NBA Eastern conference playoff series. Embiid was ruled out by head coach Brett Brown Sunday. The 76ers lead the series 1-0

Center Joel Embiid will be a spectator once again when the 76ers take on the Miami Heat Monday night in Game 2 of the NBA Eastern conference playoff series. Embiid was ruled out by head coach Brett Brown Sunday. The 76ers lead the series 1-0

TNT's Inside the National Basketball Association analyst Kenny Smith was breaking down the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat series and when he got to discussing Ben Simmons as a player, he compared him to one of the most surprising players you could have guessed: Muggsy Bogues. Miami outscored Philadelphia 34-13 in the second quarter and held the Sixers to 4 of 21 shooting in the period and 2 of 18 shooting from three-point range for the half.

The Heat slowed the game down - exactly the kind of style where the Sixers needed Embiid in the middle - and used a collective of defenders on Ben Simmons that rattled the rookie point guard early.

Time and again, Belinelli would find a sliver of space and fire his trademark off-balanced jumper through the hoop.

The plan worked out well Monday, as the tone of the contest changed with Wade weaving through the Sixers' defense and directing traffic on offense.

It looked like the home side were close to a remarkable comeback in the fourth quarter as they cut down a 16-point lead to just two points.

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Simmons led the Sixers with 24 points and Saric had 23.

76ers: Philly native and Hollywood star Kevin Hart rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell and sat courtside a few seats down from Allen Iverson.

Brown added before Game 2 that Embiid might participate in on-court work with coaching staff or players who are not in the regular rotation to build up his conditioning. I have a feeling that his role may stay limited until Joel Embiid returns.

"You need Joel Embiid..."

"I can't wait to get him back", coach Brett Brown said. How limited, and what happens if Spoelstra makes it really limited bears watching - not just for this series, but also as a prelude to a potential move away from Whiteside this summer (if Miami can find a taker for him). He was 81. He's the 76ers' career leader in points, field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played. "He was class. He was a gentleman", Brown said.

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