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

Leigh Mccormick
April 18, 2018

And according to Dwyane Wade, comedian Kevin Hart is to blame.

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade credits the comedian and Philadelphia sports superfan for the vintage performance Wade delivered Monday night in Game 2 of his team's first-round National Basketball Association playoff series against the Sixers.

He wore a Phantom of the Opera mask to Game 1 of the Sixers' first-round playoff match-up with the Miami Heat and surprised the crowd when he rang the ceremonial liberty bell before the game.He seemed like he was having fun. Wade knocked the ball free and then the floor, slamming the ball home to put the Heat back up two scores.

Wade picked up a nice assist the next time down the court, then later grabbed a rebound to finish a 6-0 Miami run that bumped the lead back to eight.

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said he understood Embiid's frustration at being forced to watch from the sidelines, while acknowledging that the reaction was only natural.

Cristiano Ronaldo consoled Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the mixed zone
It was the correct decision, but the Juventus players lost all composure and began aggressively protesting the call. Speaking on Saturday, he said he had been defending "my team-mates and fans, even in a not very composed fashion".

"Kevin Hart", Wade replied.

"You gonna blame this on me - blame Kevin Hart?". But no. Hart made his courtside presence very much known. The franchise kept him from playing in back-to-back games for most of the first half of the season. Wade's wife, actress Gabrielle Union, had some words of her own for her superstar husband.

The Heat evened the series at 1-1 with the win.

Internally, there is optimism that Embiid will return when the series is in Miami, though it's unclear if he will play in Game 3 on Thursday, according to sources.

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