76ers' Embiid: 'Pretty good chance' I'll play in Game 2 or 3


The Heat covered in one, and dropped the other.

The Heat, meanwhile, lost for the 13th time in its last 15 road games.

Embiid averaged 22.9 points, 11 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.8 blocks in 63 appearances this season. But even if all those shots aren't dropping, they won't be significantly easier to guard in Game 2 on Monday. "The Process", a series of horrific seasons that resulted in high draft picks, appears to be complete as the Sixers enter the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the league.

The defending champion Warriors, without injured two-time MVP Steph Curry, led throughout and ran away with a 113-92 victory in game one of their western conference first-round series at Oakland's Oracle Arena.

The 76ers were forced to play without their best player, center Joel Embiid. He recently underwent surgery to fix a broken orbital bone. On his way to the bench, Whiteside expressed his frustration to coach Erik Spoelstra, using a few choice words before sitting down.

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Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points off the bench to lead the Miami Heat.

Losing the opening round of a playoff series isn't a death sentence for the Miami. For the second half, the Sixers' total margin was 74-43.

It didn't take long for the Heat's lead to vanish.

Trailing 56-60 at halftime, they went on a 20-2 third-quarter run and launched a barrage of three-pointers in the final period to extinguish the Heat.

Before the first National Basketball Association playoff game played in Philadelphia in six years got started, the always pleasant Philly faithful greeted the Heat with deafening boos and by shouting "SUCKS!" after each player in Miami's starting lineup was introduced. When he does make it back, Embiid will sport a protective facial mask.