Sixers' Joel Embiid is 'sick and exhausted of being babied'

After Miami tied the series with Philadelphia at 1-1, Union urged Wade, 36, to come home, so they could have a celebration of their own.

The loss on Monday snapped the 76ers' 17-game winning streak. "It's not always supposed to be that", said Wade.

Embiid has been at the center of "The Process" for years, and now that his team has a chance to show that it has worked, he wants to play. While his numbers across the board were terrific, Simmons had nowhere near the impact he imparted on Game 1 due to the Heat's frequent full-court pressing of him from start to finish. Game 3 of the Eastern Conference playoff series tips off at 7 p.m. Thursday at AmericanAirlines Area.

Dario Saric, J.J. There remains no definitive timetable for Embiid's return, though Brown said on Tuesday that it is not 'that far away'.

But having been kept out of the second clash with the Heat in a matter of days, the 24-year-old took to social media to lash out as he wrote a foul-mouthed post on his Instagram account.

Embiid, of course, has been treated with caution by the franchise after dealing with multiple injuries at the start of his career.

In short, it looked like the 76ers could have used a dominant presence inside.

With the way Miami have hounded the ball defensively and made Philadelphia work, Embiid would be a release valve in the post, as well as someone who can create shots for others.

Heat G Dwayne Wade turned back the clock on Monday night, leading all scorers with 28 points.

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