Despite Tyrese Maxey’s 34 points, the Heat make the break

Still without Joel Embiid, the 76ers, battered in Game 1, are practically already forced to win this second round so as not to find themselves back against the wall, 2-0 before returning, with the pressure on their shoulders, to Philadelphia.

In the first half, we observe a match dominated overall by the Heat, effective in attack (20/40) under the impetus of Tyler Herro, who celebrates in front of his public his trophy of Sixth Man Of The Year with style (16 points and 5 rebounds). The 76ers have heart and give their all, but are sorely lacking in offensive inspiration on the half-court in the absence of Joel Embiid.

Relegated for a time to -14, the men of Doc Rivers cling, largely thanks to James Harden, very active during this first period (16 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists). Far from giving in, but far from worrying the Heat, the 76ers somehow pass below the 10-point mark at the break (60-52), and everything is still possible in the second period in this Game 2.

After halftime, it only takes a few minutes to realize that the 76ers’ awakening is absolutely utopian. Because the visitors face the same problem as in the first half: their attack is struggling to chain, while that of the Heat keeps a steady pace. After 36 minutes, Philadelphia still lost ground (91-80), despite a third quarter at 13 points from Tyrese Maxey.

The last act takes place without any rebound, especially as the 76ers sign their worst quarter of the game (6/18 on shots). Never really dropped before this last quarter, but never really dangerous either, Tyrese Maxey and his teammates played a slow game, but never knew how to accelerate to worry the Heat.

The Philly squad lost again to Miami (119-103), where the Heat are still undefeated in these playoffs. Led 2-0, the 76ers return to Pennsylvania without certainty, but hoping that Joel Embiid will be back for Game 3. Because without the “Process” to oppose a minimum of resistance to the Heat, it is the sweep that looms.

WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER

  • Still no Duncan Robinson. Stuck on the bench in Game 1, the winger entered for a few seconds, in the last moments of this second game. It now seems clear that Erik Spoelstra has made the choice, for the rest of the series, to “sacrifice” the outside shot of Duncan Robinson in favor of the more reliable defensive profile of Victor Oladipo, the former Hoosier being more capable of holding the duels against James Harden and Tyrese Maxey wide.
  • The 76ers forced to play “small-ball”. In the absence of Joel Embiid, it was DeAndre Jordan who started in between the first two games of this series. In Game 1, the former Clippers pivot was discreet, with 4 points and 2 rebounds in 17 minutes (and a +/- of -22). For this second game, he did better, with 6 points and 5 rebounds in 13 minutes. But overall, Jordan didn’t bring anything, because he is useless in attack, and limited in defense by his inability to “switch”. So Doc Rivers cut the experiment short and turned to young Paul Reed for the rest of the encounter. Smaller and less imposing in front of the circle, the strong winger trained at DePaul’s college is however more mobile than his teammate, and brings a little more stability to the 76ers defense.

TOPS / FLOPS

Tyler Herro. Very good match for the brand new Sixth Man Of The Year of the league. In the continuity of his successful Game 1, he compiled 18 points (6/10), including 16 scored in the first half, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, still off the bench.

Tyrese Maxey. The young 76ers fullback was exemplary, and was the only element that really disrupted the Heat’s defense. He finished Game 2 with 34 points (12/22, 9/11 in free throws), 3 rebounds and 2 steals, with an impeccable attitude on both sides of the field, and his usual aggressiveness in the racket.

Jimmy Butler. After a failed 2021 edition, the Miami winger is catching up during these 2022 playoffs. Very good in the first round against the Hawks, he continues against the 76ers. Omnipresent during this Game 2, he compiled 22 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists in 37 minutes, and the second best +/- of his team (+22).

⛔️ Danny Green. Very difficult evening for the veteran winger, who was painful to see during this meeting. In 23 minutes, he only scored 3 points, 1/10 on shots, including 1/9 from behind the arc. Useful during the 2019 and 2020 playoffs, when he won the title twice in a row with the Raptors and then the Lakers, the former Tar Heel is only a shadow of himself. Completely picking up in defense, disordered at three-pointers, he is currently unable to bring anything to the 76ers. Still hoping for a rebound soon, both for his confidence and for the survival of Philadelphia in the series.

THE FOLLOWING

Game 3: in Philadelphia, on the night of Friday to Saturday, at 01:00 a.m.

Heat / 119 Shots Bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF O D T pd party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
P.J. Tucker 26 2/6 2/3 0/0 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 0 -2 6 3
J. Butler 37 8/15 1/3 5/7 3 3 6 12 2 2 2 0 +11 22 31
B.Adebayo 33 7/11 0/0 9/11 3 6 9 3 3 1 1 0 +15 23 29
G.Vincent 28 3/7 1/4 0/0 0 3 3 3 3 0 2 0 +10 7 7
Mr Strus 27 3/6 3/6 0/0 0 4 4 3 4 0 1 1 +13 9 13
H.Highsmith 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +3 0 -1
C. Martin 13 2/5 1/2 1/1 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 +3 6 6
D.Dedmon 11 2/5 0/2 3/4 1 4 5 0 0 0 1 1 +6 7 8
O.Yurtseven 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +3 2 2
T. Herro 33 6/10 3/5 3/4 0 7 7 3 3 0 2 1 +9 18 22
V. Oladipo 29 6/11 3/4 4/4 1 5 6 1 3 0 4 0 +6 19 17
D.Robinson 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 +3 0 1
Total 40/78 14/29 25/31 8 36 44 25 22 5 14 3 119
76ers / 103 Shots Bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF O D T pd party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
T.Harris 38 9/17 2/5 1/1 0 4 4 4 4 4 0 0 -11 21 25
D.Green 23 1/10 1/9 0/0 0 2 2 0 1 2 1 0 -18 3 -3
D.Jordan 13 3/3 0/0 0/0 1 4 5 1 2 0 0 0 -9 6 12
T. Maxey 43 12/22 1/4 9/11 1 2 3 1 1 2 0 0 -10 34 28
J Harden 41 6/15 1/5 7/7 1 3 4 9 3 0 3 1 -10 20 22
G.Niang 10 2/4 1/3 0/0 0 2 2 1 6 0 0 0 +3 5 6
P. Reed 25 2/4 0/0 0/1 0 4 4 1 2 1 0 2 -2 4 9
C. Bassey 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 -3 0 2
Mr. Thybulle 21 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 -6 0 3
S.Milton 1 0/1 0/0 2/2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -3 2 0
F.Korkmaz 18 3/8 2/4 0/0 1 5 6 0 4 0 1 0 -5 8 8
I.Joe 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 -3 0 0
J.Springer 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0
Total 38/84 8/30 19/22 5 29 34 17 25 10 8 5 103

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