JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Miami Heat in game one of round one of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 14, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
This is not the first time Philadelphia has played it safe with Embiid's on-court health.
Wade's experience proved crucial throughout, inspiring a first-half fightback to wipe out the 76ers' early lead before shepherding Miami to the win in a nervy finale.
"I just came in with an aggressive approach", Wade said afterwards.
After tonight's game, the two teams will head to South Florida for Games 3 and 4 on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
"You're talking about a superstar, of course we are missing him [Embiid] here", Sixers forward Dario Saric said, adding that when he comes back, everyone feels like "he will kick their [Heat] a-s".
Wade made 11 of 17 shots and put on a show in the second quarter and put it away in the fourth. However, a dominant second half display from the Heat along with a vintage performance from Dwyane Wade who scored 28 points, three assists and seven rebounds ended that run as the series now heads to Miami for the next two games.
It started with defense and keeping the Sixers off the three-point line.
Wade however had other ideas, grabbing a two-pointer before finding Johnson with a superb pass to make it 102-96.
Coach Brett Brown sounds frustrated in coachspeak at Embiid not being cleared to play. "He [Embiid] just wants to play basketball, he wants to be with his team, he wants to play in front of the fans and he wants to see this through".