NBA Playoffs Recap: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat Betting Odds

After leading the Philadelphia 76ers to an impressive Game 3 victory Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena in his first game back from an orbital bone fracture that cost him 10 games including the first two in this first round playoff series, the 7-foot, 250-pound All-Star center expressed his frustration with how Game 2 ended in Philadelphia. Miami's Justise Winslow stomped on the mask, and after the game, Embiid was asked about it. Many have started to question Whiteside's dedication to the the team, commenting on his negative body language and low energy during games.

As the free throws continued to build up, the 76ers took a 96-94 lead into the fourth quarter. Clips from the sequences that inspired the questions have been included where possible. Probably just two or three will do.

He added of his return: "I'm going to be a nightmare for (the Heat)".

You got that revenge block on [Winslow] in the game, can you talk about the energy you were feeling right there? When he blocked me I didn't really see him. good for him.

"For him to come back under that situation to lead us to a road play-off win, I'm very proud of him".

As noted by VICE's Michael Pina, the Heat have had a significantly better offensive rating when Kelly Olynyk is on the court. Was that a prediction or something, was that like the path? Coach wants me to just be in a corner and set picks.

You put the game away with a scoring run in the fourth quarter. "I feel like our offense is a lot different". Dario Saric finished with 21 points on 4-for-7 shooting from three-point range while Marco Belinelli was 7-for-13 overall and 4-for-8 from downtown for 21 points.

In the end, the Philadelphia 76ers showed how good of a team they can be with Joel Embiid on the floor. That's what we did, and my teammates did a great job of finding me. The thing didn't even last one game before breaking... Is there anything to that?

The Sixers, though, think they've got a pretty steely squad, too.

"I wish it was like this all season", Simmons said, spinning a basketball in his hands. I felt like they needed me in that way.

While Saric might now be making his first foray into NBA post-season basketball, he is by no means a stranger to high-stakes hoops.

Embiid said he was cleared to play after a conversation with the team medical staff and surgeons. They were legitimate questions, given an unprecedentedly youthful core that features three first or second-year players among the starting five. "And we paid the price for that", Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra told the Miami Herald following the bleeding his team allowed. Davis will look to win his first playoff series, and Portland will try to avoid their most embarrassing sweep since they lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the 1999 Western Conference Finals.

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