The Heat controlled much of the contest, before the Sixers made a run in the fourth quarter.
Robert Covington #33 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Miami Heat during Game One of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at Wells Fargo Center on April 14, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. But Wade helped the Heat finish it off.
Wade's experience proved crucial throughout, inspiring a first-half fightback to wipe out the 76ers' early lead before shepherding Miami to the win in a nervy finale. "I just want the green light to play". "And when he's not able to do that, he gets frustrated, and we respect his frustration". "But I do know the spirit in which he delivers that (social media post) reflects my conversations with him, that it's completely driven out of team, competitiveness, 'I want to play basketball, ' that type of flavor more than anything".
Embiid has been sidelined since March 28 after suffering a broken orbital bone and concussion in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. The Cameroonian since underwent surgery and cleared the concussion protocol but was chosen to be rested by Brown on Monday as a precaution as it was "what's best for Joel's health". Unable to reach an agreement, the team traded him to the Atlanta Hawks on February 22, 2017, with a 2017 second-round pick, for Tiago Splitter and two 2017 second-round picks.More news: Parents of Alfie Evans Launch Fresh Legal Challenge to Keep Son Alive
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Brown added before Game 2 that Embiid might participate in on-court work with coaching staff or players who are not in the regular rotation to build up his conditioning.
The Heat have solid 3-point shooters in Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington, and Kelly Olynyk.
Embiid will have a few days to continue his recovery, as Game 3 will be played Thursday at American Airlines Arena in Miami.