Dwyane Wade thanks Kevin Hart in Sixers gear for extra motivation

Dwyane Wade thanks Kevin Hart in Sixers gear for extra motivation

At that moment, Brown was unaware.See, Joel Embiid hasn't played in a basketball game since Sixers rookie Markelle Fultz bumped into him during a game against the Knicks on March 28.

He wore a Phantom of the Opera mask to Game 1 of the Sixers' first-round playoff match-up with the Miami Heat and surprised the crowd when he rang the ceremonial liberty bell before the game.He seemed like he was having fun.

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"It's just in my DNA", Wade said.

The Heat evened the series at 1-1 with the win.

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The point guard had 24 points in Game 2 on 10-of-17 from the field and continued to overcome Miami's strategy of giving him ample space to dare him to shoot. Following the loss, Sixers big man Joel Embiid took to Instagram to display his displeasure with not being able to play, saying he was sick and exhausted of being "babied".

Instead, he said it all came thanks to comedian Kevin Hart - a Philadelphia native who has taken the Jack Nicholson role of famous courtside fan for the Sixers and had rung the ceremonial bell in Philly that night to open the game.

When he's on the floor though, the 76ers are a much better team, posting a 41-22 record in games he played in the regular season and a 11-8 mark when he was out.

In short, it looked like the 76ers could have used a dominant presence inside.

Whenever Embiid returns, the 76ers will receive a boost, but in the meantime they're more than capable of stealing back home court.

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