Dwyane Wade Saved The Miami Heat's Season Last Night

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

That was actually going to be the first sentence of the column regardless of Monday night's outcome in Game 2 of the 76ers opening-round playoff series against Miami.

Stephen Curry watched another lopsided win from the bench in sheer delight, wearing a sport coat and big smile. Wade made a halfhearted attempt at reaching his hand out toward a fallen defender before he scooted on his way.

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson scored 32 and 31 points respectively, to pace the Warriors.

However, timely defensive stops and steals helped the Heat overtake the Sixers and even the series at one game a piece.

Even without Embiid, the Sixers trimmed the lead to two points late in the fourth. Without the physicality of Johnson, the Heat would've been in trouble yet again. Instead, he said it all came thanks to comedian Kevin Hart - a Philadelphia native who has taken the Jack Nicholson role of famous courtside fan for the Sixers and had rung the ceremonial bell in Philly that night to open the game.

The Sixers can not afford to trail the series 2-1 after Thursday night, especially with the Heat threatening to sweep the home series putting the Sixers on the brink of a first round exit when they return home next Tuesday. No one cared to admit this was a do-or-don't game for the Heat, but the facts of the opener overshadowed all the standard clichés about a series not beginning until a team suffers a home loss.

"They probably feel they have a blueprint to beat us, so we can expect a similar approach", Redick said. "KD made tough shots".

The visitors continued to rally in the second quarter and had moved into a 53-47 at half-time.

When he's on the floor though, the 76ers are a much better team, posting a 41-22 record in games he played in the regular season and a 11-8 mark when he was out. They needed a familiar face to turn back the clock and make big-time plays in a big-time game. While it may be hard to learn on the fly, if Coach Brown and the fresh-faced Sixers are going to advance to the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs, their going to need to incorporate some fresh ideas into their game three game plan and keep Spoelstra guessing on South Beach. Pictured: Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over Philadelphia 76ers guard Marco Belinelli (18) during the second quarter in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 16, 2018.

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