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Sad news: Three key Miami players set to miss clash with 76ers

On Christmas Day, the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers (20-8) square off as two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

Joel Embiid, the star player for the 76ers, was sidelined on Sunday afternoon due to an ankle injury, so at least they won’t have to worry about him anymore. Embiid is once again leading the NBA in scoring and MVP odds, posting a league-best 35 points per game. The star player for the 76ers had at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in 13 straight games; the only players with more consecutive games with those stats are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain.

Monday night’s game against the reigning MVP is off the schedule for the Heat, but it doesn’t mean success. Miami lost a lot of games to clubs without their best players throughout the previous campaign. Besides, Miami has other people in Philadelphia to take into consideration.

Tyrese Maxey of the 76ers, who is off to an All-Star-caliber start to the season, is now the center of attention. He is barely outside the top 10 in terms of assists and scoring, averaging 26.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 6.8 assists. Since James Harden left, Maxey has emerged as the team’s second choice, providing Philadelphia with a top guard to go alongside Embiid.

Even now, Tobias Harris remains a reliable attacking third option. He just put up 33 points against the Toronto Raptors, proving that he can step up when called upon.

Before suffering an injury off the court in November, veteran wing Kelly Oubre Jr. was on a roll. Nevertheless, his early-season high scores demonstrate how quickly he can catch fire.

The Heat and 76ers square off on Monday at 8:00 p.m. Since 2022, the two have shared the regular season series.

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