Sixers vs. Heat: Schedule for second round playoff series released

The top-seeded Miami Heat stand between the Sixers and the team’s first conference final in 21 seasons.

On their third attempt, the Sixers sealed another round spot Thursday night with a 35-point Game 6 victory over the Raptors.

Their series against the Heat begins Monday night in Miami. Below is the schedule for the best-of-seven series. Start times must be determined after game 3, as well as TV coverage for game 4 and for game 7 (if necessary).

  • Game 1: Monday the 5/2 at 19.30 in Miami (TNT)
  • Game 2: Wednesday 5/4 at 19.30 in Miami (TNT)
  • Game 3: Friday 5/6 at 19 in Philadelphia (ESPN)
  • Game 4: Sunday, 5/8 in Philadelphia
  • Game 5: Tuesday, 5/10 in Miami (TNT)
  • Game 6: Thursday, 5/12 in Philadelphia (ESPN)
  • Game 7: Sunday, 15/5 in Miami

The last Sixers-Heat playoff game came in 2018. Rookie of the year Ben Simmons delivered impressive averages in his first career after the season series (18.2 points on a 50 percent mark from the field, 71.4 percent from the foul line, 10.6 rebounds, 9.0 assists and 2.4 steals), and the Sixers handled Miami in five games.

Simmons was a prominent part of this Sixers season despite not playing any games. After a long, twisted saga, the Sixers traded the 25-year-old to the Nets along with Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and draft picks in exchange for James Harden and Paul Millsap.

The former teammate angle is most clearly compelling in this series with Jimmy Butler, a Sixer in 55 regular season games in the 2018-19 season, before traveling through a sign-and-trade that brought Josh Richardson to Philadelphia. Butler, who is still close to Joel Embiid, missed out on Miami’s league seal 5 victory over the Hawks with inflammation in his right knee. Philadelphia native and Villanova product Kyle Lowry sat out in games 4 and 5 due to a sprain in his left hind thigh.

Harden’s second playoff meeting in a row with 36-year-old PJ Tucker is also exciting. Tucker was the primary defender on Kevin Durant last post-season as the Bucks squeaked past Brooklyn en route to the championship. He is notoriously tough and has a deep understanding of Harden’s play.

The Sixers and Heat shared their four regular season competitions, though none of those games looked like what this series will be. Harden played in 21 of the Sixers’ 24 games after his debut on February 25, but he was ruled out of two games in March against Miami with the designation “left hamstring injury management”. Both matches were the second night with back-to-backs. Embiid (back ache) was also out when the Sixers achieved an unlikely shorthanded victory on March 21st.

Bam Adebayo, a lock joining his third all-defensive team in a row in 24 years, was out of the game in the two pre-Harden Sixers-Heat matches after undergoing surgery in December to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligaments in his right thumb. Embiid is now centered with a torn thumb ligament, but he plans to play his way through the injury for the rest of the playoffs. Although Embiid can expect to see plenty of doubles, and Heats’ zone defense has at times bothered the Sixers, the individual Embiid vs. Adebayo duel key figures.

The Heat won East-top 29 home games this season and won 3-0 at the FTX Arena in the first round against Atlanta. The Sixers, meanwhile, held a conference-leading 27-14 road record and are fresh on a convincing close-out victory in Toronto.

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