PHILADELPHIA — The Miami Heat made some key adjustments before Game 2 Monday night.

The Sixers must make the next move.

Philadelphia’s adjustment is 7-foot-2, and he stood on the sideline Monday night.

The question for Philadelphia more than ever is when will center Joel Embiid be ready to play? Embiid, recovering from surgery to repair a broken left orbital bone, made it clear on social media Monday night he wants to play.

Meanwhile, Dwyane Wade gave the young 76ers a playoff lesson in Game 2. The 36-year-old veteran came off the bench to sink 11 of 17 shots and score 28 points to lead Miami to a 113-103 win. The loss ended Philadelphia’s 17-game winning streak. The series is even at one game apiece with Game 3 scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in Miami.

“I felt tonight it was a really strong example for me,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said, “where you wish you had Joel Embiid.”

Wade helped the Heat stave off a furious Sixers rally. Philadelphia trailed by as many as 16 in the second half before cutting the lead to two with a little more than four minutes left. But Philadelphia got no closer.

“To me, this is the reality of NBA basketball,” Brown said, “and it only gets harder. Our guys will learn more than they’ve learned in a regular season in the next few weeks, however long we play in the playoffs. This game equals the NBA playoffs.”

The difference between Games 1 and 2 was most noticeable in the Sixers’ 3-point shooting.

In Game 1, the Sixers shot 18 of 28 (64.2 percent) from 3-point range and beat Miami 130-103.

On Monday night, the Sixers shot just 7 of 35 (20 percent) from 3-point range. J.J. Redick was 1 for 7, Robert Covington 1 for 8.

“That’s kind of who we are,” Brown said. “Some of our guys had a rough night. To point out that number (for the loss), I’m not prepared to do that. Without Joel, it’s been who we were lately. When seeking to become a whole team, you need Joel Embiid.”

The Heat slowed the tempo by guarding Ben Simmons in the backcourt. Miami made it difficult for the Sixers to inbounds the ball. Simmons still finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, but Philadelphia couldn’t play at the fast pace it wanted.

“It’s unsettling,” Redick said. “I think that we as a group haven’t been through the fire of the playoffs. This will sharpen you, strengthen you as a player and as a man and as a group. Games like this I think are good for us, but it doesn’t feel good with us.”

Without Embiid, the Sixers struggled to score in the halfcourt. Miami was physical on defense in some cases practically tackling Sixers who had open drives to the basket. The game was so physical that Brown elected to keep rookie Markelle Fultz on the bench in the second half and play T.J. McConnell at backup point guard.

Philadelphia also played poorly on defense with Embiid not there to protect the rim.

“I give the Miami Heat credit in relation to the physicality of the game,” Brown said. “Their ball pressure was excellent. I think Dwyane Wade offensively was just vintage Dwyane Wade.”

Miami’s strategy was at its best in the second quarter when it outscored the Sixers 34-13.

“I don’t think we handled the second period well,” Brown said. “They sped up Ben. In those moments, that’s when you want to post Joel Embiid and settle the gym.”

For all its struggles, Philadelphia refused to fade away.

“The second quarter was definitely where they punched us in the mouth, and we didn’t respond the right way,” Simmons said. “We brought it back, but it wasn’t enough.”

Simmons and Saric (23 points, eight rebounds) sparked a furious fourth-quarter rally. Philadelphia had the ball with a chance to tie when Wade stripped Saric and then converted a breakaway dunk to put the Heat up 100-96 with 4 minutes, 3 seconds left. The Sixers never really challenged again.

“I think Dwyane’s steal changed the game,” Brown said. “If there was one defining moment or one defining play, it was that.”

The days leading into Game 3 will focus on Embiid’s health. After Monday’s game, the center posted on Instagram that he was “(bleeping) sick and tired of being babied.”

Embiid suffered the injury March 28. He underwent surgery a few days later. Brown said before Monday’s game that there was no announcement on Embiid’s status for Game 3. The recovery period for a fractured orbital is usually four to six weeks.

“He just wants to play basketball,” Brown said when asked about the Instagram posting. “He wants to be with his team. He wants to be in front of the fans. He wants to see this through, and when he’s not able to do that, he gets frustrated. His frustration is borne out of competitiveness.”

Sixers fans hope Embiid is healthy enough to show that competitiveness on the court Thursday.

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