Simmons was the first rookie to since Magic Johnson in 1980 to have a playoff triple-double, Redick led Philadelphia with 24 points and the 76ers moved one win from the second round by topping the Miami Heat 106-102 on Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series. "That's probably one of the biggest reasons we were able to hold them off in Game 2".
When the Sixers regroup Monday at their training complex in Camden in advance of Tuesday's Game 5 at The Center, Brown plans to focus on the need for improvement, rather than the possibility of using home court to eliminate Miami. "We're trying to make a series out of this so let's go in and just play free but play hard, play the Miami Heat way, live with the results from there". Only 11 teams in National Basketball Association history have overcome a 3-1 deficit in the playoffs, and if the Heat are going to be a part of this exclusive club, they will need to make several key adjustments. The Wolves now enter Game 4 with a real hope of tying the series.
Turning on the switch, the Sixers were able to outplay Miami in the fourth quarter of the last two games. In Game Two, Wade turned back the clock with an insane performance to steal a win in Philadelphia, blaming Hart afterwards. However, is it safe to assume that the Sixers have the series locked up? It has shown how quickly this team has matured and how risky they can be when the shots are falling. The Heat shot 43.6 percent from the field in Game 4, including seven of 19 from beyond the arc. "Whether it was getting offensive rebounds, whether it was a miscommunication half-court wise where they were able to get Simmons for the dunk or J.J. for the shot, we've gotta do a better job, and we didn't". Whether it was Joel Embiid having at it with Justice Winslow, Dwayne Wade yanking Justin Anderson into the stands or Goran Dragic flexing in the face of Marco Belinelli, it made lovely television and showed how these two teams have come to hate each other. James Johnson scored 15 points and Hassan Whiteside posted a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds.
And while the Miami Heat face potential elimination in Philadelphia against a much better Sixers team, the real question on everyone's mind is whether or not Wade will play another game in Miami.
Juventus and Napoli are set for a wild Serie A finish
Napoli's most hard game left may be their next away trip to Fiorentina, after which they face Torino, Sampdoria and Crotone. Elsewhere, Lazio and Inter kept their push for Champions League football alive on Sunday.
Simmons was not happy with Johnson's behaviour. The 76ers have advanced to the East semis just twice since reaching the NBA Finals in 2001. Can they maintain that momentum with a chance to close things out? They have a commanding 3-1 lead against the Heat. Philadelphia won the rebounding battle 57-43 and drilled 27 of 35 free throw attempts.
It took four games for Ben Simmons record a triple-double, but he's averaging 19.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 9.8 assists per game in the series. While he scored 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting in 17 minutes in Game 4, he recorded only five points in 14 minutes in Game 3. Going back to the third, the Sixers surged to a 14-0 run and an 87-83 advantage.
One church rep tells us, "He was super nice". That doubt that you felt after the game was over, it has to be gone.
After leading this year's rookie class in triple-doubles (12) during the regular season, Simmons registered the first triple-double of his career in the playoffs. A finger wag, a series of blows and all of the sudden the 76ers were in command. Philadelphia has seen the over go 6-2 in their last eight against Eastern Conference foes.