Joel Embiid made his presence felt on Saturday night's Sixers game, but not with his on-court performance. Dario Saric, Robert Covington and JJ Redick are some of the best role players in the league. He said if teams sag off him it makes easier for him to drive to the rim.
Simmons fell one rebound short of a triple double, racking up 17 points, nine rebounds and 14 assists.
Olynyk, who signed with Miami last summer, led the Heat with 26 points.
Monday's game will be the 10th Embiid has missed due to the injury.
Against the sixth-seeded Heat, Embiid's presence could play a major factor. Granted, the Heat have a three-time National Basketball Association champion on their roster, but he is 36-years-old and riding the bench. "And it's been determined that he shall not play Game 2 for that reason.".
Philadelphia must overcome the winning culture the Heat has created over the years. With that in mind, let's look at several other keys as the Heat attempt to turn this series around.
BC-BKN-Tipoff, 764Spurs, Heat looking for bounceback efforts in Game 2AP Photo OAS131, OAS127, PACS102, PACS112Eds: With AP Photos. The Heat will need him to return to form in order to save their season. Meanwhile, Big man Hassan Whiteside played a mere 12 minutes and finished with two points and six rebounds.
Brown said the Sixers' dominant Game 1 win Saturday did not factor in the team's decision to sit Embiid for Game 2. Whiteside had just two points and he didn't seem pleased at one point with coach Erik Spoelstra. Miami turned the ball over a total of 18 times in Game 1.
Redick is the 76ers' second-leading scorer with an average of 17.1 points per game.
Game 2 in this series is on Monday night, again in Philadelphia. And while they won't have him for Game 2 either, he's this close to coming back.