Vintage Effort by Dwyane Wade Draws Heat Even With 76ers

Lynette Rowe
April 17, 2018

For sidelined Philadelphia star Joel Embiid, his squad's 113-103 loss gave cause to issue a profane complaint about his recovery timetable from a broken eye socket, while for actress Gabrielle Union, the huge role husband Dwyane Wade played in Miami's win had her promising him an unspecified reward.

The Heat not only tied their East Conference first round playoff series at 1-1, but put an end to Philadelphia's 17-game winning streak.

He seemed like he was having fun.

In a post to his Story, the Sixers center wrote that he was "f-ing sick and exhausted of being babied".

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The Sixers coach didn't mind it.

"He just wants to play basketball", he was quoted as saying by NBC Sports Philadelphia. He wants to be with his team. "He wants to see this through", Brown said.

"I respect his frustration", Brown added. "It's born out of competitiveness and it's born out of him wanting to be with his team", he said.

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When Embiid suffered the injury on March 28, intial reports suggested he'd be out 2-4 weeks.

There are still a few medical hurdles for Embiid to clear as he returns from surgery, sources told ESPN.

At 36 years of age, the amount of times surefire Hall-of-Famer Dwyane Wade is able to dominate a game like he used to isn't often anymore, but on Monday night he rolled back the clock and looked more like "Flash" from over a decade ago.

Now he just wants to play No. 64.

"I love this stage", Wade said of the high pressure moments in the playoffs. I felt tonight it was a really strong example of how you wished you had him, " he said. He cleared the NBA's concussion protocol but remains sidelined by the fracture, which he underwent surgery to fix.

Once one of the best players in the league, Wade is now relegated to the bench, but he went for 28 points and 7 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench to pace the Heat's attack, that also collected 20 points from fellow guard Goran Dragic.

While lineup and coverage changes were made by both coaches - Ersan Ilyasova starting in place of Amir Johnson for the Sixers, the Heat's Hassan Whiteside sliding over to cover Dario Saric, and double-teams chasing Ben Simmons - Wade took advantage of the attention the front court and Simmons were being paid. "Of course, we are missing him".

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