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The Heat executed their plan brilliantly by slowing down the proceedings against the 76ers and gumming up the half-court set from start to finish. They were physical against Simmons by forced him to become more of a scorer than a distributor, which goes against all his natural inclinations.
That’s exactly how you beat the current Philadelphia iteration, even if no one else had been able to do so during the Sixers’ 17-game winning streak that ended Monday.
But that plan might not work so well once Embiid is back on the floor, recovered from his orbital fracture enough that he can at least enter the fray and start making an impact. Not only does his defensive prowess help prevent driving lanes from the Heat, but his offensive game is just what the hosts were missing.
As Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown explained after the game, per Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice, “You need Joel Embiid. … I felt tonight it was a really strong example of how you wished you had him.”
When games slow down and points become hard to come by, you need a go-to scorer who can create for himself on a consistent basis. Talented as Simmons and his supporting cast are, that’s the
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