After taking care of business against their respective opponents in the first round, the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers will meet in the Eastern Conference semifinals for a chance to advance to the conference finals. The Heat took down the Atlanta Hawks in five games in the first round, while the Sixers dispatched the Toronto Raptors in six games. This will be the first postseason meeting between Miami and Philadelphia since 2018 when the Sixers bested the Heat in five games in the first round.
Both teams are a little bit banged up heading into the series. Sixers All-Star center Joel Embiid is playing through a torn ligament in his right thumb that will require surgery after the season, while Jimmy Butler (knee inflammation) and Kyle Lowry (hamstring strain) both missed games during the first round. Hopefully, these injury issues don’t play too big of a factor in the series.
For what it’s worth, the two teams split their four regular-season meetings, both winning once at home and once on the road. With that said, here’s the full schedule and three main storylines for the best-of-seven series between Miami and Philadelphia.
(1) Miami Heat vs. (4) Philadelphia 76ers
All times Eastern
Game 1: 76ers at Heat | Monday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. ET | TV: TNTGame 2: 76ers at Heat | Wednesday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. | TV: TNTGame 3: Heat at 76ers | Friday, May 6, 7 p.m. | TV: ESPNGame 4: Heat at 76ers | Sunday, May 8, TBD | TV: TBDGame 5* 76ers at Heat | Tuesday, May 10, TBD | TV: TNTGame 6* Heat at 76ers | Thursday, May 12, TBD | TV: ESPNGame 7* 76ers at Heat | Sunday, May 15, TBD | TV: TBD
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Author : Michael Kaskey-Blomain
Publish date : 2022-04-29 23:14:04
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