Heat Game 2: Why it will be a shootout

Sixers grab 1-0 series lead over Heat in first playoff win in six years

The Miami Heat were able to even their series with the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night, as they walked into the Wells Fargo Center and picked up a 113-103 victory behind a huge night from Dwyane Wade. Most importantly, Whiteside was minus-16, with much of that coming in Philadelphia's game-changing run to start the third quarter that put the Sixers ahead for good.

Having split the first two games in Philadelphia, the Sixers are Miami-bound for Games 3 and 4 on April 19 and 21.

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.

Embiid, as he is wont to do, took to social media in response to the outcome of the game.

"He just wants to play basketball, to be with his team, to play in front of the fans", Brown said. How limited, and what happens if Spoelstra makes it really limited bears watching - not just for this series, but also as a prelude to a potential move away from Whiteside this summer (if Miami can find a taker for him).

Embiid has been out since suffering a fractured orbital bone and concussion on March 28 versus the New York Knicks. He underwent surgery to fix the fracture. "I felt tonight it was a really strong example of how you wished you had him", Brown told reporters.

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. What this means is that the Heat are capable of blitzing the Sixers from the outside, so look for an uptempo, high possession battle in game 2.

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