Heat Game 2: Why it will be a shootout


The first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs continues today with Game 2 in the Miami-Philadelphia and San Antonio-Golden State series.

The Sixers were in red-hot form in the build-up to the contest with their crushing 130-103 Game 1 win over the Heat last week making it 17 consecutive wins for head coach Brett Brown's side.

Miami led at halftime but was outscored 74-43 in the second half.

This is not the first time Philadelphia has played it safe with Embiid's on-court health.

After scoring 21 points on 8 of 9 shooting to rally the Heat from a nine-point deficit in the first half, Wade took the game over the fourth quarter after Philadelphia, winners of 17 in a row coming in, had trimmed the Heat's 16-point lead to 98-96 with 4:34 to play.

Embiid, as he is wont to do, took to social media in response to the outcome of the game. I have a feeling that his role may stay limited until Joel Embiid returns. I felt tonight it was a really strong example of how you wished you had him, " he said. He wants to play in front of the fans. And when he's not able to do that, he gets frustrated. "There will be a reintroduction of him back into the team".

Simmons continuously picked apart the Heat's defense, finding open shooter after open shooter which led to 18 made 3-pointers on the night.

Embiid has been sidelined since March 28 after suffering a broken orbital bone and concussion in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. The Cameroonian since underwent surgery and cleared the concussion protocol but was chosen to be rested by Brown on Monday as a precaution as it was "what's best for Joel's health".

While it was a frustrating night for the Sixers, who hit just 7-of-36 shots from the three-point line, Simmons is optimistic his squad will learn quickly ahead of Game 3. Despite that, he's in the running for the Rookie of the Year award while he puts up historic numbers in his first season with the Sixers.