Dwyane Wade Explains Do-or-Die Mentality Heading Into Game 5


Two seasons ago, Wade put the Heat on his back in Game 6 of a first-round series at Charlotte, scoring 23 points to hush up Purple Shirt Guy and lift the Heat to victory.

Dwyane Wade pulled the Heat within one point at 102-101 on a turnaround fadeaway with 43.9 seconds left.

Brett Brown predicted this.Brett Brown said on Friday that the already physical Miami Heat would elevate their physicality in Saturday's Game 4 of the teams' Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup.

"I love it", he said.

Embiid, who will be making his home playoff debut on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center for Game 5, is really looking forward to his first playoff game in Philly and is eager to wrap up the best-of-seven series against the Heat.

From playful shoving and trash talking to Justice Winslow stomping on Embiid's mask, to hard screens and everything in between, the Heat-76ers series has been everything fans have hoped for and more. The 76ers have come up with critical plays at critical times in the series, which is unexpected with a young team. "He was taking notes, mental notes". A total of six players were each given technical fouls as they could not stop chirping at one another. "I think we have more room for growth", said Brown, whose team is led by Embiid and 21-year-old Ben Simmons.

In his first game back after fracturing his leg, the swingman scored 16 points for the Sioux Falls Skyforce (the team's G-League affliate), going 8-for-17 from the field.

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As the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors continue to struggle with inferior competition, it's not out of the realm of possibility to view the Philadelphia 76ers as the favorites to emerge from the Eastern Conference.

"We're not friends right now", said Wade of Kevin Hart.

Since returning from injury Embiid has played in two playoff games for the Sixers, both wins, averaging 18.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and four blocks per game. "I just want to be on the court". If you're beginning to hear murmurs of LeBron James, so am I. He still needs to work on his jump shot, but with shooters around him, it doesn't matter. "It makes me elevate my game". Redick, who had appeared in the playoffs in each of the 11 seasons he had been in the National Basketball Association, wasn't sure exactly what his new team was capable of. I've said that multiple times. "But I think our time is now". Their second-leading scorer (behind Simmons) is Dario Saric, another second-year player. I can't hop to here and there.

Playing without Richardson would be a huge blow for the Heat.

"I definitely was trying to lead my team", said Wade. "So from that standpoint, I'm confident in the energy and effort we're going to bring". We're going to go into that game and we're going to get better.

NEED TO KNOW: Another loss would give the Warriors more in this postseason then they had all past year.

However, there is a reason that teams play an entire series in the playoffs. Yet when it is a future Hall of Famer who is doing the telling, sometimes it is better just to sit back and listen. Maybe he'll find some extra gas soon and give it one more go.