5 next-day takeaways from Sixers’ Play-In win over Heat as we look ahead to Knicks
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by Paul Hudrick
9h ago
Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images There are no style points in the postseason, but the Sixers showed plenty of grit in an ugly Play-In win over the Heat Wednesday night. What’s the saying about wrestling a pig? Yeah, that perfectly describes the way the Miami Heat play basketball. They dragged the Sixers down into the mud for roughly two-and-half quarters of an enormous Play-In game Wednesday. The Sixers managed to get out the mud just in time and come away with a 105-104 victory, punching their ticket to the postseason and avoiding the Boston Celtics in the first round. It wasn’t a pre ..read more
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Why Joel Embiid’s fourth quarter against the Heat was a step in the right direction
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by Josh Grieb
15h ago
Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images Joel Embiid struggled for most of the night, but came alive just in time to lift the Sixers to a win Play-In win over the Heat. The scenes unfolding throughout the first three quarters of Wednesday’s 105-104 win over Miami in the Play-In game were ones Sixers fans have seen many times before. Joel Embiid, looking dejected and nursing a bad knee, was struggling to come through in a game Philadelphia needed to have. Embiid had 12 points on just 3-of-12 shooting with only one field goal in the second half, but the Sixers were only trailing by five entering the ..read more
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Sixers' play-in win vs. Heat was the perfect Nicolas Batum game
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by Tom West
18h ago
Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images The Sixers’ play-in win against the Heat will be remembered as The Nico Batum Game — a performance which perfectly showcased his skill and impact at both ends of the floor. Defending any position, rebounding, hitting quick-trigger threes, moving the ball well, making incredible inbounds passes... Nicolas Batum has been doing so much at both ends of the floor for the Sixers all season. He’s been an ideal high-level, two-way role player to complement the team around Joel Embiid, and Wednesday’s play-in win was a perfect showcase of what Batum’s brought to Phil ..read more
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Unpredictability is what differentiates these Sixers heading into the playoffs
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by Bryan Toporek
22h ago
Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images The Sixers have more weapons at their disposal than they’ve ever had in the Joel Embiid era. At halftime of their play-in game against the Miami Heat on Wednesday, the Sixers were down 12 points and Joel Embiid had only 10 points on 2-of-8 shooting. He was a minus-14, trailing only Nicolas Batum (minus-17) for the team’s worst mark in the first half. The Sixers trimmed the Heat’s lead to five heading into the fourth quarter, but Embiid entered the final period with only 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting. Tyrese Maxey hadn’t been much better with 13 points on 5-o ..read more
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Sixers Bell Ringer: Nico Batum saves the season
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by Sean Kennedy
1d ago
Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images Best Frenchman in the league, hands down. Final Bell Ringer Regular Season Totals: Joel Embiid - 22 Tyrese Maxey - 19 Kelly Oubre Jr. - 10 Tobias Harris - 7 Paul Reed - 4 De’Anthony Melton - 3 Jaden Springer - 3 Ricky Council IV - 2 Buddy Hield - 2 Patrick Beverley - 1 Danuel House Jr. - 1 Furkan Korkmaz - 1 Kyle Lowry - 1 KJ Martin - 1 Cam Payne - 1 Terquavion Smith - 1 The Sixers’ first Play-In game started out how some of the sadder playoff games have looked in recent years. Philadelphia was missing a ton of shots, looked completely stymied by Miami ..read more
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Sixers to take on Knicks in first-round matchup after knocking off Heat
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by Josh Grieb
1d ago
Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images The Sixers earned a first-round date with the Knicks after their 105-104 victory over the Miami Heat. And now the fun part can begin. After beating the Miami Heat 105-104 in their play-in game on Wednesday, the Sixers’ first-round matchup for the 2024 playoffs is officially set. They have clinched the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, which means they’ll match up with the New York Knicks in the opening round. Here is what the schedule for the series will look like: Game 1: Saturday, April 20 at New York, 6 p.m. Game 2: Monday, April 22 a ..read more
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Sixers-Heat Play-In showdown: second half thread
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by David Early
1d ago
Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, coach Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat visit Philadelphia to take on Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey, Kelly Oubre, Jr., Tobias Harris, Kyle Lowry, Nico Batum, and the rest of the Sixers led by head coach Nick Nurse. Game Details Who: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat When: 7:00 p.m. EST Where: The Center, Philadelphia, PA Watch: ESPN Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic Follow: @LibertyBallers ..read more
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Sixers-Heat Play-In showdown: first half thread
Liberty Ballers | Philadelphia 76ers community
by David Early
1d ago
Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, coach Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat visit Philadelphia to take on Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey, Kelly Oubre, Jr., Tobias Harris, Kyle Lowry, Nico Batum, and the rest of the Sixers led by head coach Nick Nurse. Game Details Who: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat When: 7:00 p.m. EST Where: The Center, Philadelphia, PA Watch: ESPN Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic Follow: @LibertyBallers ..read more
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Morey admits Sixers missed Harden’s playmaking at times; team could use some injury luck to beat Boston
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by David Early
2d ago
Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images Daryl Morey has hit the media circuit to talk about his nervousness for the huge Play-In game vs. the Heat, the path to the Finals he prefers, Maxey’s development, and more on The Ricky. The Sixers host the Miami Heat Wednesday night in a clash of titans. It’s a game with monumental stakes — Jimmy Butler returns to face his former teammate, Joel Embiid. The winner gets to book a date to the Big Apple to take on Jalen Brunson, OG Anunoby and the No. 2 seed New York Knicks. The loser will get one more crack at the NBA Playoffs by later hosting the winner of th ..read more
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Joel Embiid receives Team USA jersey with different number
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by Paul Hudrick
2d ago
USA Basketball/Twitter Joel Embiid is officially a part of Team USA and was given his new jersey (and number) by managing director Grant Hill. The Sixers have a huge game on deck Wednesday as they’ll take on Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat in the first matchup of the East’s Play-In Tournament. But first, Joel Embiid got to enjoy a cool moment and add another accolade to what will likely be a Hall-of-Fame career. Grant Hill, managing director of Team USA Basketball, presented Embiid with the jersey he’ll wear this summer at the Paris Olympics. The reigning MVP will also sport a new number: 11 ..read more
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