Joel Embiid didn’t have to be the best version of himself to save the Philadelphia 76ers’ season. The MVP finalist returned to the Sixers’ lineup in Game 3 of their second-round series against the Miami Heat, anchoring their defense with a 99-79 win. Embiid scored 18 points on 5-for-12 shooting with 11 rebounds in 36 minutes, shortly after clearing the NBA’s concussion record.
Mainly thanks to Embiid we have a range. On Sunday, Philadelphia has a chance to equalize. Miami, meanwhile, is recovering from a lazy offensive performance in which they averaged 89.8 points per 100 possession. Jimmy Butler had 33 points in 12-for-22 shooting on Friday, but everyone else on the team had a combined 46 in 15-for-55 shooting. The Heat shot 7 for 30 (23.3 percent) from 3-point range and the Sixers even outplayed them in the non-embiid minutes.
Here’s everything you need to know about Game 4 between Miami and Philadelphia.
(4) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (1) Miami Heat
- When: Sunday May 8 | 8 p.m. ET
- From where: Wells Fargo Center—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- TV: TNT | Live broadcast: TNT app
- Opportunities: MIA +110; PHI -130; O/U 207 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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heat: Can you score? Everything looked more difficult when Embiid patrolled the color in Game 3. Philadelphia blitzed sixth man of the year Tyler Herro with pick-and-rolls, and he scored 14 points on 5-for-15 shooting and went 2-for-7 from deep. Bam Adebayo finished 2-on-9 shooting with nine points and was -22 in 34 minutes. Kyle Lowry, returning from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for the first two games of this series and the last two games of Miami’s series against the Atlanta Hawks, remained scoreless in 25 minutes. It may be time for coach Erik Spoelstra to bring sniper Duncan Robinson back into the rotation to add some juice to the offense.
76er: The Sixers are at their best with Tyrese Maxey circling everyone. The 21-year-old Energy Ball stayed scoreless in an ugly, hard-fought first half on Friday, then exploded for 21 points in 7-on-8 shooting in the second half. Philadelphia doesn’t necessarily need him and Danny Green to shoot another 12-on-15 combo from 3-point range, but it does need to continue finding opportunities for Maxey to attack a muddled defense.
The Heat was just three points behind in the fourth quarter of Game 3 despite shooting less than 40 percent from the field. They finally had some reps defending Harden-Joel Embiid’s pick-and-roll, and they’ve certainly seen how to use the Sixers’ aggressive defense against Herro against them. It can’t just be the Butler show, but Miami has too much collective intelligence on the list not to unlock one or two of its other playmakers. Choose: Heat +2.0
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