Justise Winslow Stepping On Joel Embiid's Mask May Have Backfired

Joel Embiid

Embiid showed off his unique, versatile skillset for a "traditional" center, going 3-of-4 from three-point range.

Embiid wasn't the only one banging bodies on Thursday. He finished the game with another double-double (19 points, 12 rebounds) along with seven assists and four steals.

A 56.0 percent free throw shooter in the regular season, Simmons and the Sixers sensed that, come the Playoffs, opposing teams might be more inclined to send him to the line, and make him earn his points there, rather than give him a chance to do damage attacking the basket.

There's been no love lost between Embiid and Heat center Hassan Whiteside dating back to the 2016-17 season, but their respective teammates joined the fray Thursday night.

Jo, a couple days ago you put one Instagram post, where you had you guys playing against this team, the Heat, then it was playing against Boston, the Cavs, then there was one against the Warriors. So it would come as no surprise if Monday's result-a 10-point loss-was just a blip on the radar. Belinelli tallied 11 first quarter points. They were both called for physical taunting technicals, despite Wade pulling Anderson out of bounds. He had five points and two rebounds in only 13 minutes of play. Brown went back to Fultz in the first half, but the rookie again looked out of his element. However, he still wasn't given the green light to play Game 2 of the Sixers' first round playoff series against the Miami Heat, much to his disappointment.

Mirotic, the 6-foot-10 forward acquired in a midseason trade with Chicago after DeMarcus Cousins' season-ending Achilles tear, made 12 of 15 shots, scoring on everything from quick-release three-pointers to cutting dunks and fast-break layups.

He made the most of it, to say the least.




The Heat started the third on a 7-3 run, getting out to a 71-66 lead with less than two minutes gone in the third.

After Joel Embiid's return sparked the 76ers to a 2-1 series lead Thursday night, the teams traded barbs over meaningless late-game layups.

Whiteside finished with four fouls, in a game he attempted only one shot.

The 76ers outscored the Heat 32-14 in the fourth quarter, and took a 2-1 lead in the series.

Philadelphia started the fourth on a 7-1 run to take a 103-95 lead.

Masked (and goggled) up and ready for action after nearly a month away from the game, the Sixers emotional leader turned in a performance that was vintage Embiid and reminded fans, and foes across the league just how scary this team can be when at full strength. Josh Richardson cut the Sixers lead to five with just under seven minutes left in the game.

"There's no minutiae to that", Brown told reporters Friday at American Airlines Arena, where 14 hours earlier, the Sixers had knocked off the Heat, 128-108.

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