3 key matchups in Philadelphia 76ers-Miami Heat series: Tobias Harris vs. Bam Adebayo
This was an interesting matchup in Game 1 because there were times that the Philadelphia 76ers went with a small lineup with Tobias Harris at the center spot. There were instances when he and Bam Adebayo were playing each other. Overall, both had pretty good games overall. Harris ended with 27 points on 11-18 shooting from the field. Adebayo finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Due to Embiid’s injury, the 76ers started DeAndre Jordan which was disastrous. Paul Reed played well, but dealt with foul problems, Paul Millsap was ok, but the Sixers give up too much size with him out there. Harris was solid enough defensively to help Philly’s defense when he was at center.
Adebayo was the Heat’s second leading scorer behind Herro in this game and was a force on the offensive glass. That’s one area Harris has to be better in. Miami had 15 offensive rebounds and Harris only had six total rebounds in this game. Harris has to be more effective on the glass if the 76ers want a chance to in this series.
Luckily for the Sixers, Harris had his way on offense with the Heat’s focus on Maxey and James Harden. He was the leading scorer for Game 1 and should continue to have his way unless Miami switches P.J. Tucker onto him.