The playoffs are all about adjustments, and now it is the 76ers ' turn. Watching the game, it looked like the Heat had a plan to harass the Sixers' snipers around the three-point arc and dare them to do anything else.
Miami limited the Sixers to 7-for-36 shooting from the arc in Game 2, and afterward, the Sixers talked about how the Heat had played much more physically than in the opener.
He said what they did "allowed me to score and make the plays I need to make".
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Philadelphia didn't handle the physical play from the Miami Heat very well in game 2, and they were easily frustrated. It was a vintage performance from Flash as he dominated the game in the mid-range and set off the Heat's closing sequence with a steal and slam with just over four minutes remaining.
The Sixers now have to win a game on the road to win the series.
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The Heat slowed the game down - exactly the kind of style where the Sixers needed Embiid in the middle - and used a collective of defenders on Ben Simmons that rattled the rookie point guard early. He's their best player and is considered a Defensive Player of The Year candidate this season, but Game 1 proved that the 76ers can handle their business without him.
On Monday, the Sixers weren't as open cutting to the basket because the Heat were simply more committed to playing defense. And our crowd is going to be ecstatic, excited, especially after missing the playoffs past year and getting the opportunity to get back and let their voices be heard.
Before Monday's 113-103 Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat, the Philadelphia 76ers were winners of 17 straight.
"We played Game 1 like a regular-season game and tonight was a playoff game", Wade said. "Flash" showed flashes of his former self in Game 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers as he scored 28 points to lead the team to victory.
Playing without injured All-Star center Joel Embiid for the 10th straight game, the Sixers almost pulled off an epic comeback and rallied from 16 down to just two points late in the fourth.