The Sixers had won 17 consecutive games before losing to Miami in Game 2 at home.
After dropping Game 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers 130-103 on Saturday night, how the Heat fares Monday night in Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center could have major implications on how the rest of the series plays out. "I told myself that whatever minutes I was going to play, I was going to do it aggressively".
"I love the stage".
If you're good, they will watch. With a roster full of capable defenders (Covington, Simmons, Saric, Marco Belinelli, J.J.to an extent, etc) who have the uncanny ability to constantly switch onto different opposing players, they must continue to give little airspace to shooters and force them off the 3-point line.
However, a dominant second half display from the Heat along with a vintage performance from Dwyane Wade who scored 28 points, three assists and seven rebounds ended that run as the series now heads to Miami for the next two games. Those represent the best numbers for a Sixers game on the network since May 10, 2003, when Allen Iverson led the team to a playoff victory in Game 3 of the conference semifinals against the Detroit Pistons.
Wade however had other ideas, grabbing a two-pointer before finding Johnson with a superb pass to make it 102-96.
So, even though Brown appeared to be unaware of a profane Instagram post published by Embiid after the game suggesting he was "tired of being babied", Brown knows the spirit of the message is more indicative of the 24-year-old's desire to be back on the hardwood than any bubbling discontent with the organization.
"He just wants to play basketball, to be with his team, to play in front of the fans", Brown said. "And when he's not able to do that, he gets frustrated, and we respect his frustration".