After a ten point loss by the 76ers to the Miami Heat in game 2 of their first-round series, Joel Embiid, who has not played in either of the two games, expressed his aggravation at his lack of court action in a profane Instagram story.
That remains to be seen after the former Kansas standout missed the first two games of the series due to a fractured orbital bone.
When a team lives by the three, as the Sixers have so far this postseason, they will also die by the three when it's not falling, and this adage range true in game two, as the team only made seven of their 36 shots from behind the arch at the Wells Fargo Center. "I enjoy it. I love competing against guys like that".
In fact, Embiid posted his message so soon after the game that Sixers head coach Brett Brown fielded a question about it in his post-game press conference.
Along with the presence of Embiid the 76ers have to remember how to shoot the three ball in order to win game three. Brown said again on Tuesday that the club badly needs Embiid back, pointing to the team's struggles in the second quarter of Game 2 as an example. Behind a plus-9 rebounding margin in the fourth quarter, they almost managed to erase the 16-point deficit they faced at the outset of the frame. Embiid's return changes the dynamic of the game for the Sixers and also reintroduces Hassan Whiteside to the conversation.
Embiid appeared to be referencing his injury when he posted on Instagram on Monday that he was "sick and exhausted of being babied". The Sixers' 45 combined second-chance points through Games 1 and 2 against Miami leads the National Basketball Association in the Playoffs.
However, timely defensive stops and steals helped the Heat overtake the Sixers and even the series at one game a piece.
"He's been happy that we held it down without him, ' Sixers forward Robert Covington said".
Johnson didn't stop Simmons from scoring a team-high 24 points - 15 of which came in the second half on an efficient 7-for-9 shooting - but he is much better suited to match up with Simmons physically.
"It's come with effort, and work, and a lot of film work".
When Embiid returns, the 76ers would be getting back an All-Star who averaged 22.0 points and 11.9 rebounds in 63 games.
Popovich said before the game that Golden State in Game 1 played "the most stifling defense we faced all year long".
"We'll get up and down and do some script stuff", Brown said.
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