Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons shined again in front of rapper Meek Mill, and the dominant duo ushered the nightmares-into-dreams Process of the Philadelphia 76ers into the second round with a 104-91 win over the Miami Heat. "It's going to be a tough game".
Recording a +12, -1, and -9 efficiencies in each of his first three appearances, the Sixers offense has notably stalled out whenever Fultz was inserted into the game, with the most egregious occurrence happening in Game 3, when the Heat launched into a 13-5 run over his four minutes in the game that swiftly the momentum in Miami's favor by cutting the lead to single digits.
The 76ers, winners of 10 games just two seasons ago, are in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 2012.
It's a better see it happening then try to explain the situation.
The Wells Fargo Center was crowded with fans clapping thundersticks, rocking 76ers face paint and wearing Joel Embiid jerseys on April 24, 2018.
Winslow and Richardson both went to the locker room after the scrum. Erik Spoelstra will encourage his Heat to duplicate what it did in Game 2, beating the Sixers up, challenging three-point shooters and so exhausting them that, at the defensive end, they can be vulnerable to another late-career outburst from Dwyane Wade. The game was more intense than what the score suggests, however. "Everybody is trying to break somebody's spirit". And it happens on the other side of it.
Ettore Messina will coach the Spurs again in place of Gregg Popovich, who will miss his third straight game following the death of his wife. He will be in his locker room saying, 'All we have to do is win a game and come home.' They are going to live in a very isolated, zoomed-in world of, 'Let's just win a game.
With that, the Sixers were prepared to accept the general principle that winning a close-out game is more complicated than winning earlier in a series. "But I think our time is now".
KEEP AN EYE ON: Jaylen Brown. I look at this as a really exciting opportunity.
"It's going to be lit", Embiid said.
"My intention is not to speak anything into existence", Brown said.
"We've got to finish it", said Simmons.
Embiid was still sidelined while recovering from a broken orbital bone around his left eye for the first two games in Philadelphia, then returned to help the 76ers win Games 3 and 4 in Miami.