Embiid, who averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 63 regular-season games, will wear a mask when he returns. His playoff performances have become somewhat legend for the future Hall of Famer, and if Wade can continue playing like he's 10 years younger, the Heat have a shot in this series. Johnson made all seven of his shots.
And there were some tough buckets.
The three-point shooting that propelled Philly to a big Game 1 victory failed them in the second game, as the squad shot just 17.6 percent from the field. He was a game-best plus-16.
The Warriors - still missing the injured talisman Stephen Curry - outclassed a physical San Antonio from three-point range in a devastating display of scoring. They knew what they had to do against the Sixers-and that was to impede Simmons any way they could.
Hart, a Philadelphia native, was seen loudly trying to rattle Wade and the Heat Monday night but it seemed to only light a fire under the old superstar to shut him up.
Four very quick fouls stifled that momentum, however, as the Sixers scored just four points over the first 7:34 of the second as Miami closed the gap to take the lead. Justise Winslow only scored two points, but he made his presence felt with hounding defense on the rookie. Dwyane Wade was the difference tonight, scoring 28 points on 11-17 shooting. McConnell get minutes in the second half and not Markelle Fultz?
Embiid is obviously also a major factor on the other end. The Sixers took a traditional approach and started the physical Amir Johnson in Game 1 before turning to a small-ball look and starting stretch forward Ersan Ilyasova in Game 2.
Embiid is being managed carefully after requiring surgery on a fractured orbital bone at the end of last month and remained inactive last night as Miami levelled up the series at 1-1. It would be ideal for the team to get him involved in a practice environment before he plays, both for his conditioning and to integrate him back into a system that has been adjusted in his absence. Maybe that will mean more minutes for Hassan Whiteside, who again struggled and only played 15 minutes on Monday.