The chef was a surprise. While the suspense has been swirling all day, Joel Embiid is finally back in this Game 3, with a black mask to protect his broken forehead. A comeback boosted the entire squad and unlocked more chances to overthrow the Floridians for the first time in the series, which Doc Rivers’ forces did brilliantly.
With Joel Embiid back, the Sixers were able to take the match at the right end. In euphoria, the Green-Harden-Harris trio was aggressive and the Cameroonian brought his stone into the building, in particular a big immersion in the transition to complete 12-2 (21-12). Tyler Hero answered him with several baskets including a dip that put the Heat back into the race at the end of the first quarter (21-17).
Then Miami had to fight back 9-0 led by the trio of Green Harden and Harris (30-17). Along with Victor Oladipo or the duo of Adebayo and Dedmon, Jimmy Butler had to raise his voice to keep his team in the game at break, in the Eastern Conference playoff duel (41-34).
History repeated itself after the break. Philly started with a 7-0 score from Tobias Harris and another triple-pointer from Danny Green (48-34), and Miami had to work to preserve their chances late in the game. Two 2+1 baskets from Jimmy Butler and two Max Strus baskets behind the arc quickly put the Floridians back on track (51-48).
Tyler Hero responded to Danny Green’s 3-point rockets and Miami appeared at the start of the final chapter at -3, the lesser of two evils (68-65).
The locals’ last run was finally right, carried by a glowing Therese Maxi with two 3-point baskets, a Tobias Harris 3 pointer assist, and a half-distance basket one foot past Pam Adebayo (83-72).
All Jimmy Butler’s efforts will ultimately be in vain, as after a basket foul Joel Embiid, Danny Green and Teresa Maxi, twice, finished off the Heat from far. Winners 99-79 After a fourth quarter perfect mastery, here’s Philadelphia re-launched in the series.
What to remember
Return of Joel Embiid. This was felt in many areas, beyond his solo performance, whether it was the recoil fight Philadelphia won for the first time in the series, or the very young Pam Adebayo, who has dominated in the previous two games. First hit in the thumb, then hard hit in the face, the Sixers leader still doing his best, at 36 minutes. hat!
Jimmy Butler Alone Against All. It’s not the return of Kyle Lowry that will help the Miami leader in this match. More often than not, Jimmy Butler seemed lonely in restricting his “buckets,” as his nickname clearly indicated tonight. Aside from Tyler Herro in two sequences at the end of the quarter, the winger couldn’t count on any sequels. With a pathetic 7/30 at 3 points, The Heat Evenings count is also the number to help form Erik Spoelstra, only 14.
✅ Therese Maxi. Sixers Point Guard has gone through all the emotions in this game. Frustration first, he had to wait until the end of the third quarter to score his first basket in the match! Then the euphoria, when he restricted winning picks and options to allow Philly to dominate Miami in the final chapter.
✅ Danny Green. The Sixers sent heavy with 7/9 from 3 throws (equivalent to a career playoff record). His last successful basket, with a small bounce that only smiles at good shooters, took victory for his team.
⛔ Kyle Lowry. We imagine the veteran base wasn’t 100% for this return to the game, he brought the state of mind and demonstrated the right attitudes. But at the match, it was a more complicated evening.
⛔ Pam Adebayo. Brilliant in the first two games of the series in the absence of Joel Embiid, the Florida hub combined oddly. The return of the Cameroonian does not explain everything, it is his worst match of the season statistically.
Game 4 on Sunday in Philadelphia from 2 a.m. (Sunday through Monday evening).