Friday, February 5, 2016

Sixers take on Heat in Game 2; Wade likely to play

The Sixers will look to even their opening round series with the Miami Heat tonight. Miami's Dwyane Wade was at the morning shootaround and should be available tonight.

Sixers take on Heat in Game 2; Wade likely to play


Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will probably play tonight after participating in this morning's shootaround. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra just said that Wade is feeling better and is looking to work up a sweat this morning in order to get ready for tonight.

Coach Doug Collins said after Sunday's practice that playing Thaddeus Young, the team's best player in Game One with 20 points, too many minutes is a concern. Young was on the floor for 28 minutes on Saturday and appeared utterly exhausted afterwards. He missed two big foul shots down the stretch when the Sixers had trimmed the Heat lead to just one with a little over two minutes remaining.

If Collins is reluctant to play Young more minutes, then he needs to get some kind of contribution from other bench players. Collins and Lou Williams are confident that the reserve guard will be more explosive tonight after returning on Saturday from his strained hamstring that forced him to miss the team's final five regular season games.

But after that, Collins needs to get some valuable minutes elsewhere. Either Andres Nocioni or Evan Turner, who combined to score two points in a little more than 19 minutes. Turner has the edge over Nocioni on the defensive end, as he is a better match defending LeBron James.


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