The protective mask worn by Joel Embiid in game 3 was non-negotionable. If he wanted to play he had to wear it.  Whether he was fiddling with it or throwing it to the ground,  you could tell it was bothering him all night.  It didn’t bother his play though, as he made a huge impact on the game offensively and defensively.

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Embiid put up 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists, to go along with 3 blocks, and a steal.  He had a profound impact on the game in ways that dontd reflect in the box score as well.

As expected, it took Joel about a quarter to get settled in, missing his first five shots, but adjusted well as the game went on.

His partner in crime Ben Simmons almost put up a triple double, posting 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists.  As Shaquille O’Neil always says “the others” need to play well in order for your team to succeed in the playoffs”, and they definitely did.

Belinelli and Dario Saric had 21 points each and everyone else seemed to chip-in in every way they could, as the Sixers put together a fine road win in Miami 128-108.

Goran “The Dragon” Dragic led the heat with 23 points and Justice Winslow put together a solid outing with a double double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.  The Heat were in this one for pretty much the entire game but let it slip away in the fourth quarter.

It seems as Dwayne Wade gets older, it’s harder for him to follow up great performances with effective play.  After the “vintage” D-Wade show we saw in game two, he struggled to get anything going here. He shot just 20% and turned the ball over 4 times.

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This game and the series for matter of fact has been a very physical series.  James Johnson was heard saying on mic’d up that the physicality in the game is making basketball fun again. As tough as both teams were playing, the 76ers didn’t back down.  There were 56 personal fouls called in the entire game and 3 double technicals.

The Heat are now backed into a corner and will look to fight their way back to even the series in game 4 on Saturday at home.

 

 

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