The Philadelphia Sixers announced on Sunday at Joel Embiid will not be available for their next playoff game against the Miami Heat.
The 76ers have been without star center Joel Embiid since the end of March.
Embiid's presence made the Sixers a better defensive team. J.J. Redick led all scorers with 28 points while rookie Ben Simmons showed no early signs of playoff jitters in Philadelphia's first playoff win since 2012.
Kelly Olynyk led the Miami Heat with 26 points.
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Brown said the Sixers' dominant Game 1 win Saturday did not factor in the team's decision to sit Embiid for Game 2. He will be tasked with keeping Heat center Hassan Whiteside in check. "They were hitting some shots, they didn't run away from the game". Other than a handful of games, he's been the best player on the court. Coach Brett Brown hinted that he wouldn't be able to play until then, so his chance of suiting up for Game 2 are looking slimmer than they were a day ago. With that in mind, let's look at several other keys as the Heat attempt to turn this series around.
Philadelphia has handled Embiid's absence well. He was consistently outworked on the glass and disappeared on offense. He was also outplayed and outnumbered in minutes by first-round pick Bam Adebayo. "We need to go and see film, try to get better and get back to work Monday". Whiteside recorded two points on 1-of-4 shooting, six rebounds and two blocks in just 12 minutes of action.
Overall, Philadelphia is riding a 16-game winning streak into the playoffs. Here are three takeaways from their Game 1 victory.