Yet rather than take blame for his poor play through the first three games, he points to the offensive game plan being different from what it was in the regular season and says he wishes he had the chance to contribute the same way Embiid does for the Sixers.
"Goran didn't get a lot of sh- about it [in the media]".
"Our offense got kind of stagnant, but I think the biggest thing is that mentally, we lost that focus", Winslow said of the fourth-quarter troubles. I like the fact we did that. We're not here to make friends. "We are here to win a series".
Whiteside was not the only one with fouls however, as the Heat racked up 30 fouls - something both teams have been struggling with this series.
He banked in a turnaround straightaway jumper - a fortuitous bounce - to put Philadelphia up nine late, then connected on a 3-pointer and added a pair of throws to start the spurt that put the game away for Philadelphia.
San Antonio did not air a video tribute or hold a moment of silence for Erin in an apparent attempt to make the game as routine as possible for its players, but that was impossible. I hate sitting out.
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It was obvious in Philly's Game 2 loss that they missed Embiid's physical presence. I love attacking. I love contact.
Embiid wasn't even supposed to play Thursday.
Anthony Davis had 28 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks for the Pelicans, who can advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2008 with one more victory. What bothered Embiid was the mask. "I've been watching a lot of film".
He played Thursday's game with a black mask to protect the injury.
For example, by seven minutes left in the second quarter, Simmons was out of his element. After Bam Adebayo scooped up the loose ball and dunked it, Justise Winslow walked over and stepped on Embiid's goggles before handing it over to the refs. "I'm going to keep trusting Coach's decision-making". Shocking to hear, I know. They shot more threes, and shot them more effectively, with buyout-market All-Stars Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova helping to turn a point of weakness into a strength.
"It's part of the game".
"Five guys had four or more assists", Brown said. That's the National Basketball Association playoffs. The refs let you play a little bit more in the playoffs. It was physical for the whole game. Winslow fell to the floor and taunted Embiid after the defensive gem. When he blocked me I didn't really see him. good for him. "But I'm glad, came back today and we got a win". Coach wants me to just be in the corner and set picks.
With Embiid back, the Heat will have to adjust to a larger presence in the paint. But Miami is in a hole now and the Sixers are only getting stronger.