Heat 122, Sixers 99: In the last dance of Dwyane Wade, the Sixers with few hands fall to the Heat



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It seemed like a team was fighting for its life in the playoffs and trying to fire a fashionable NBA legend, while the other team … was not.

In the last game of Dwyane Wade in Miami, the Heat hit the Sixers, 122-99, at the American Airlines Arena.

With Joel Embiid, JJ Redick and Mike Scott resting and the third seed of the Eastern Conference, everything ended, this game did not have a good profile for a victory. Miami went 6-for-9 from three on the way to a 34-20 lead in the first quarter and the Sixers never recovered.

The loss falls to 50-31 in the season.

Here are the observations of the game:

• If you expected D-Wade to throw a Kobe Bryant and shoot 40 shots in his farewell, sorry for the disappointment. Wade simply played his game and was very good, scoring 30 points in 34 minutes. The 13-time All-Star seems like he could move on, but good for the 37-year-old for hanging him on his own terms.

• For most of the game, Ben Simmons and Boban Marjanovic seemed the only really effective Sixers.

Simmons pressed the pace and sought to score in their units. He was scoring efficiently, but he was not doing much in the badistance department, a big question when his team shoots at less than 40 percent (when Simmons was in the game) from the field. He played only 21 minutes in this one, finishing with 16 points on 7 of 12.

Marjanovic was his offensive and efficient offensive regular, with 6 of 10 points by 12 points, but he also showed why playing as Embiid's backup in the postseason is a concern. Both Bam Adebayo and Hbadan Whiteside were able to sneak behind Marjanovic to facilitate the plays. Both centers also hit jumpers that Marjanovic could not go out to compete.

• Speaking of the central backing place, Jonah Bolden was questionable with knee pain coming in and playing only 12 minutes before heading to the locker room to spend the night. There is certainly concern there. Bolden could be a key player for this team, since Brett Brown has also used Bolden in the four recently.

• Jimmy Butler returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with pressure on his back. He looked predictably rusty, going 2-for-5 for four points in 15 minutes of the first half. Butler is near Wade and probably did not want to miss this one.

Tobias Harris, who is currently on pace to play 83 games this season, was frozen from the field, and finished with 3 of 16 points by six points. He played 20 minutes in the first half and did not return either.

Brown emptied his bank into this, since even Haywood Highsmith ran out. The rookie wing actually broke an attempt by Wade to throw a ball from the board for a dunk in the fourth. I have the connection of the moment with Wade, but good for Highsmith.

• We had our first look at Zhaire Smith as a starter and our first look at Furkan Korkmaz since February 12th.

Smith continues to show the traits that made him a first-round pick. He has such quick feet and decent defensive instincts. He also filled the lanes well and showed something like a cutter. Simmons hit him in a look out of the post that caused a foul. Simmons tried a pitch for the rookie a little later, but he threw it too high even for the monstrous athletic Smith. He also had a good finish over Whiteside after the veterans center blocked him earlier. That audacity will help if the 19-year-old receives the playoffs. He has also been solid since three, going 4 of 11 in five games.

It's been a while since we saw Korkmaz, but as was the case when he had regular minutes earlier this season, it was a mixed bag. You saw many lapses in the defensive end, but he made a good reading in one possession, got into a pbading lane, received a steal and an easy bucket. His business card is supposed to be his chance, but he's shooting just 33 percent of three this season. He missed his only three attempt in seven minutes.

Jonathon Simmons also had his first extended minutes in quite some time and he actually looked pretty good. On the defensive side, you can see why a team once signed him with a decent NBA deal. He fought on offense, but scored 14 points in 5 of 9 and also distributed eight badists. It has been a bit surprising not to see Simmons return to the mix when James Ennis got hurt. He lost "the tournament" to Ennis, but he has a lot of experience in the playoffs.

As Ennis is likely to miss the playoff games, someone will have to give the Sixers a couple of minutes. None of the options is ideal, but with the defense in the cousin during the postseason, I'd like to go with Smith. He is active and can keep a guard in front of him. Let the child play.

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