The Miami Heat will play in the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday, eliminating the Philadelphia 76ers (2-4). Joel Embiid who gives his all despite his physical problems and the very disappointing James Harden who didn’t score a single point in the second half (90-99). The Sixers had to win this sixth game in Philadelphia to avoid a vacation, but they disbanded in the third quarter (15-25), proving that the Heat are a much more complete, hardworking and versatile team.
Another night of excitement, Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Max Strus also featured (20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists) on a Heat team that took 48.3% of his shots and crushed the Sixers in rebounding (49-35). Joel Embiid (20 points and 12 rebounds) and Tyrese Maxey (20 points) were the Sixers’ bests, notable for James Harden’s laziness. The great transfer from Philadelphia, who came to the Sixers with a clear goal of fighting for the ring, closed the decisive game of the season with 11 points (4/9 shots), 4 rebounds and 9 assists. After the meeting, the most surprising and comment was: Harden fired just two shots in the last two quarters and missed both tries..
The Sixers have lost their fourth time in the conference semifinals in the last five years, but that could be even more painful this time as they squandered the best path of Embiid’s career so far. The Cameroon center was very close to the MVP who eventually won Nikola Jokic for the second time in a row and He averaged 30.6 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists during the regular season. per match.
Alongside elimination, the night also left some very bad news for the Sixers when Danny Green injured his knee after a terrible fall.
For their part, the Heat will face the winner of the semifinals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics in the Eastern finals, currently dominating the NBA’s reigning champions 3-2. Miami has reached the finals of its conference twice in the last three years and this season is trying to make up for the ring that LeBron James lost in the 2020 ‘bubble’ against the Los Angeles Lakers.