We then wrapped up the pod with a new game show -- Could James Harden Beat This Thing Off The Dribble?
A previous regime let a star walk out the door just a few years ago. That star ended the Sixers' season on Thursday. Whether there's some scarring from that previous mistake, a true belief in what Harden has left in the tank, or both, the Sixers don't appear ready to let this star walk out on them.
Now, the Sixers head into an offseason wondering "what if", regarding both the past and the present, as they head back to the drawing board to figure out how to break through their perpetual second-round ceiling.
A disgraceful effort buried the Sixers, as they fell back into a series deficit with a 120-85 drubbing in Miami.
With Miami on death's doorstep in the final 2 minutes of play, Harden's final money ball of the night -- a contested triple somewhere between the top of the arc and the right wing -- sent him over the line to a 31-point night and effectively wiped away the equity Miami had built in the first 2 games of the series.
It's going to take a synergistic effort from the Sixers to stifle Miami long enough to get back into and take control of this series. And if Embiid's return in Game 3 is any indicator of how viable that is, the series may have only just begun.
Tyrese Maxey stole the show in the second half to power the Sixers to victory, 99-79
It's a damn shame that Pascal Siakam delivered that blow to Joel Embiid's face in Game 6. Save for stretches in Game 1, the Heat have not looked head and shoulders better than an Embiid-led Sixers team. There's no question in my mind that this series looks much different right now if the big fella is available.
In a moment when Philadelphia needed him to be that number-one option and unleash some of the scoring that he's barely showed since joining the Sixers, Harden simply wasn't to the task.
Philadelphia will open their second round series against the Miami Heat on Monday night in enemy territory without Joel Embiid, who will miss the first two games of the series due to injuries suffered in the team's Game-6 victory over the Raptors last week.
Tyrone and I break down some of the numbers behind the series, discuss who should get the center minutes in Embiid's absence, and deliver our keys and predictions for the series.