But it's safe to say Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and his team are preparing to see Embiid - and his new mask - back on the court soon after he cleared the National Basketball Association 's concussion protocol Sunday afternoon.
Wade's 28-point performance on Monday night was predictable, but he was aided by a flawless storm of missed Sixers' shots and untimely turnovers as the Heat evened the series, 1-1, with a 113-103 victory on Monday.
"It's not about him", Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game.
With the script now flipped. "And to have him come back and save the day because we lost Game 1, that's not going to happen".
Simmons continuously picked apart the Heat's defense, finding open shooter after open shooter which led to 18 made 3-pointers on the night.More news: United Kingdom could launch retaliatory cyber attack on Russian Federation if infrastructure targeted
The 76ers were led by Ben Simmons' 24 points and Dario Saric's 23 points. Oh, you can be sure he will have a 20 point, 20 rebound game at some point to pull everyone back in, but his inconsistency and unreliability runs counter to everything the Heat preach in their organization. Covington, Saric, Redick and Marco Belinelli all rushed up ugly shots from long range when there was still time left for better looks.
When Saric later drove to the basket and scored, the Sixers trailed only 96-92 with 5:47 left. But the Heat regrouped, and used a huge second quarter to take control of the game. Even Ersan Ilyasova ran Whiteside off the floor.
Miami was up 56-42 at halftime.
The first game of the series was an eye opener as the Heat was swamped defensively.
In three games against the Heat this season, Embiid (7-0, 250) has averaged 19 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and one block. Officials whistled 30 fouls in the first half as Miami took advatage of the typically speedy Sixers and held them to 42 points, almost 15 lower than their regular season average.
Because of the foul trouble, the Heat went 11 deep in the opening period, with Rodney McGruder seeing early action. "I can't take it for granted, I've got to take advantage of it and be grateful". That helped Philly outscore the visitors 34-18 in the third quarter and continued the stellar play in the fourth by a count of 40-25, eventually winning in a 130-103 rout. Against the Heat on Saturday, McConnell only played seven minutes.Last week in the regular season finale, Fultz was one rebound away from a triple-double in the waning moments of a blowout against the Milwaukee Bucks. Fultz came down with the last rebound.