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17 April 2018, 10:15 | Charlene Valdez

Sixers vs. Heat Game 2: Why it will be a shootout

Sixers grab 1-0 series lead over Heat in first playoff win in six years

The network said their broadcast of Game 1 in the first-round series against the Miami Heat had a 6.1 HH rating, reaching about 175,000 households.

The defeat marks the Sixers' first loss since their March 13 defeat to the Indiana Pacers and despite previously going 9-0 without injured star center Joel Embiid, his absence was especially felt this game with the 24-year-old later expressing his frustration on Instagram, stating he was "f--g sick and exhausted of being babied".

Embiid has been on the sidelines since March 28 after suffering a concussion and a fractured orbital bone following a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz during their win over the New York Knicks.

Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown shed some light on Embiid's post when asked about it after the game.

"Without getting into private conversations, the flavor that he delivers in our conversations - our private conversations - he just wants to play basketball", Brown told the press after the Sixers' 113-103 Game 2 loss to Miami.

Game three is on Thursday in Miami. He was a matchup problem as Philly spaced the floor and neutralized Miami's big man, Hassan Whiteside, who played just 12 minutes, 26 seconds.

"I think in the second-half we matched their defensive intensity", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "It's born out of competitiveness and its born out him wanting to be with his team". Those represent the best numbers for a Sixers game on the network since May 10, 2003, when Allen Iverson led the team to a playoff victory in Game 3 of the conference semifinals against the Detroit Pistons. Instead, the 76ers went small and played without a true center for much of the game.

The Heat have solid 3-point shooters in Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington, and Kelly Olynyk.

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