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3 observations after the Sixers fall into the 2-0 hole with another loss without Embiid originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

MEMI – Two games without Joel Embiid, two double-digit losses on the road for the Sixers.

The team failed on Wednesday night in Game 2 of their second round series when the Heat took a 2-0 lead with a victory at FTX Arena with a score of 119-103.

Jimmy Butler had a great game, scoring 22 points and 12 assists. Bam Adebayo scored 23 points. Victor Aladzipa scored 19 from the bench and Tyler Era – 18.

Tyris Maxi scored 34 points for the Sixers. James Harden had 20 points when shooting 6 of 15 and nine assists. Tobias Harris added 21 points.

Embid (right orbit fracture and concussion) and Kyle Lowry (left hamstring sprain) were left out.

Game 3 will take place Friday night in Philadelphia. Here are observations of the Sixers’ loss on Wednesday:

Jordan’s start didn’t drown the Sixers from the jump

DeAndre Jordan started the second game in a row and seemed to be in the middle of every game.

Miami, of course, was determined to get Jordan to work in defense and use it to cover the falls. Butler moved into the mid-range jumper to score Heath’s first points, and Adebayo received two dunks in the first quarter from pick-and-roll involving Jordan. Max Strus also scored a three-pointer for dribbling from Adebayo. Sixers ’guards usually can’t afford to get on screens with Jordan on the court, and that was problematic early on.

In the offensive, Jordan’s blow was more positive. It seems that the 33-year-old footballer will help the team in the beginning of throws with the help of drag screens and frontal throws, than when the “Sixers” are looking for a revelation, and he is motionless in the place of the dunker. Forehead Harris-to-Jordan made the score 15-11 Sixers.

Jordan got 14 minutes in the second game, scoring six points and five rebounds. Paul Reed played in a much more conservative style, wanting to avoid a repeat of an immediate foul in Game 1, and finished with four points, four rebounds, two blocks and an interception in 25 minutes. Sixers also continued to mix a small ball.

Obviously, whatever they do in the center, it’s a significant drop from Embiid. They hope it will be cleared very soon.

Big disproportion on the benches

Sixers head coach Doc Rivers isn’t working with anything close to the best bench in the NBA or to the most reliable backup center. That’s not to say Rivers should be freed from criticism, but it’s true that much of his election is likely to look questionable.

On Wednesday night, he turned to Furkan Korkmaz at the end of the first quarter, removing Harden. Butler beat Korkmaz for a rebound in the offensive and then threw Davene Deadman for a dunk that led the Heat forward 29-24. Miami finished the first period 9-2.

One obvious problem with the Sixers ’second division is that opponents often feel confident in one way or another targeting bench players. For example, Korkmaz gave way to Hero’s wide-open three-pointer when he failed to move across or around the screen with Reed in deep reach. Korkmaz really knocked down two three-pointers and scored in a great second quarter drive. Due to the horrific filming of “Sixers” on the street to start the series, there was some logic in giving it a prominent role.

It wasn’t a great sign. Players like Butler are hunting for defenders below average in the postseason, and Korkmaz is still exactly on that label, despite his efforts to improve at that end of the court. Butler attacked Korkmaz and scored the middle distance, and in the third quarter – one jump over him. His free throw led Miami 84-71.

In this series, Georges Niang broke his individual three-point shot (0 for his first 9) by a jumper at the end of the second quarter. Less than a minute later, Herro went to Niango on the flank and hit him with a heavy three. Niang fouls after the game are only 10 minutes.

Rivers cut its rotation from 11 to nine players, not including Shake Milton, for the first time this postseason. Paul Milsap also did not play.

Rifle fighting continues

Harden again started insufficient shooting, opening 1 to 5 from the floor. He was frustrated by a couple of non-calls and not always fully committed as a decision maker. Harden noticed that Mathis Tybul opened for the moment for a pass, but he was unable to connect with the wing of the third year and turned the ball over.

While Harden made three turns in the first half, no other Sixer had. This allowed the team to remain competitive in the game.

Maxie found regular opportunities to ride downhill both in transition and on the half-court. He persistently put pressure on Heath’s defense as his teammates and coaches constantly urged, and continued to show that he is more than a young player with sporadic explosions of explosive talent to score a goal. So far there is no reason to look further this season, but Maxie’s development will be a truly grand story of the Sixers every time the year ends.

The Sixers would probably have needed Harden to be fantastic to host Game 2, which he wasn’t. When the team lost eight points in the fourth quarter, he was unable to hit either the jumper on average or three steps back. Then, after a quick break in Oladipo, Harden raised his hands in disbelief when not a single whistle sounded in his attempt to arrive.

Effective three-point shooting is usually very important to Harden, and the Sixers didn’t get it again. Danny Green went 1 on 9 because of the arc. The Sixers were 8 by 30.

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