Joel Embiid 'wants green light to play' for Philadelphia 76ers

Tanya Simon
April 17, 2018

The Miami Heat were able to even their series with the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night, as they walked into the Wells Fargo Center and picked up a 113-103 victory behind a huge night from Dwyane Wade.

Philly fans were going wild and suddenly the home-court edge that had made the Sixers unbeatable for a month seemed like it would perk the team back up for one more notch on the winning streak.

It was a superb performance from Wade, a three-time National Basketball Association champion who started this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers before re-joining Miami in February just before the trade deadline.

After Monday's game, Embiid took to Instagram to vent his frustrations, writing, "F--ing sick and exhausted of being babied".

This is the franchise's first postseason trip since 2012 - long before both Brown and Embiid became inextricably emblematic of the Sixers' infamous long-term rebuild. The team looked like a well-oiled machine thanks to a collective effort from the players and head coach Brett Brown.

The team's came victory came without the services of All-Star C Joel Embiid, who sat out while recovering from an orbital bone fracture.

Following the Philadelphia 76ers' Game 2 to the Miami Heat, Joel Embiid posted an Instagram story expressing his frustration that he didn't play in the game.

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Wade's play resembled his glory days at times and he carried the Heat in a sensational second quarter that was the difference.

The 76ers shot just seven of 35 from beyond the arc, as their 17-game winning streak - one that stretched back into the regular season - came to an end.

The Sixers collected their first playoff win in six years. Robert Covington missed all five and Dario Saric was 0 for 4. The Sixers made four baskets and scored 13 points in the quarter.

But there was life left in the fourth.

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

A Simmons basket, followed by a tip-in from Ersan Ilyasova, cut the 76ers' deficit to just 98-96, but it was Wade who was the hero for the Heat, forcing a steal for a dunk before finding James Johnson under the rim for a slam of his own on the next possession.

"I hate this feeling but maybe it's a good reminder for everybody for next game to lock in", Simmons said.

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