The subsequent playoff challenge for the Miami Heat will be Joel Embiid, James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers.
With the 76ers closing out their initial-round series with a 132-97 road victory Thursday night time in excess of the Toronto Raptors, to get that finest-of-seven matchup 4-2, they now go on to a most effective-of-7 Eastern Meeting semifinal towards the Heat that opens Monday at FTX Arena.
The Heat went 2-2 from the 76ers this period, but have nonetheless to face Philadelphia with Harden in its lineup.
The winner of Warmth-76ers will advance to the Japanese Convention finals towards the winner of the Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks series that opens Sunday in Boston. The Warmth would have homecourt benefit in these a series, as properly, as the conference’s No. 1 seed. The 76ers are the No. 4 seed.
The Heat state-of-the-art by eradicating the Atlanta Hawks 4-1, closing out that sequence Tuesday evening at FTX Arena.
This will be the 3rd playoff meeting amongst the Heat at the 76ers. The Heat defeated the 76ers 4-1 in the 2011 initial-spherical, the to start with playoff collection for the Warmth Major Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The 76ers then defeated the Heat 4-1 in the 2018 first-round, in Wade’s final playoff collection.
None of the Warmth foremost men appeared in all 4 games of this season’s sequence, with Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry every single actively playing in a few, and Bam Adebayo in two.
The Heat’s foremost scorer in the year sequence was guard Gabe Vincent, at 21 points for each recreation in his two appearances. Butler averaged 18 points, Lowry and Adebayo 14 apiece.
For the 76ers, Embiid averaged 23.7 details and 13.7 rebounds in his three appearances.
Of struggling with the Heat, Embiid claimed Thursday, “I feel Toronto actually ready us incredibly well for them, because they’ve got in essence the exact same scheme. They’re going to swap every thing. They’ve received a fell fella [Adebayo] that can guard one particular by way of 5. So this is a fantastic planning for us. But we know what we bought to do.”
The collection pits Butler against the team he still left in 2019 cost-free agency and also is a homecoming for Lowry, who is from the Philadelphia space and attended Villanova. Philadelphia had been listed as a likely landing location for Lowry in the course of last summer’s cost-free agency, before he opted for the Heat.
The collection also pits 76ers coach Doc Rivers against the Warmth, soon after he experienced guided the Celtics by way of past contentious postseason meetings concerning the teams.
Rivers explained Thursday he appreciates the challenge in advance.
“We’re likely to go engage in grown gentlemen, you know, and we’re hunting ahead to the challenge,” Rivers said.
Rivers also mentioned it was crucial to close out the Raptors on Thursday night time, if not with a swift turnaround from a opportunity Video game 7 versus the Raptors on Saturday night in Philadelphia.
“Going to enjoy Miami,” he stated, “we actually desired the day off.”
And, indeed, he even seemed forward to the Heat prior to the closeout victory in Toronto.
“I viewed two hrs [of video] now,” he acknowledged.
Heat vs. 76ers
Sport 1: Monday, FTX Arena, 7:30 p.m., TNT.
Recreation 2: May perhaps 4, FTX Arena, 7:30 p.m., TNT.
Video game 3: May 6: Wells Fargo Centre, 7 p.m., ESPN
Match 4: Could 8, Wells Fargo Middle, Time TBA, Television TBA
Sport 5*: May 10, FTX Arena, Time TBA, TNT.
Sport 6*: May well 12, Wells Fargo Center, Time TBA, ESPN.
Recreation 7*: May possibly 15, FTX Arena, Time TBA, Tv TBA
* – If vital.
(Note: No local tv.)