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One play defined the Miami Heat’s playoff win over the Philadelphia 76ers

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Justise Winslow’s defense could mean the difference in reaching the elite-eight of the NBA playoffs.

NBA: Playoffs-Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Justise Winslow might be the x-factor for the Miami Heat to prevail in the tough Philadelphia 76ers 2018 playoff series.

Sticking to Ben Simmons like a leech, Winslow reduced the game to a game of the other 4 players on each team facing each other.

Yelling “B***H Ass” after the foul shows Winslow lives for moments like this, and amps up his defensive identity against players who invade his turf.

Who were the other four Sixers starters in game two?

Ersan Ilyasova

A NBA journeyman who previously played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder.

Dario Saric

A 2nd-year 12th draft pick from Croatia.

Robert Covington

An undrafted 2013 pickup waived by the Houston Rockets, Covington played for the 76ers in the last four years as part of “The Process.”

JJ Redick

34 years old on June 24th, he was formerly a member of the Magic, Bucks, and Los Angeles Clippers.

The other two key players are Amir Johnson on his fifth team in 13 years, and Marco Belinelli, who is on his ninth team in 12 seasons.

The Sixers won 17 consecutive games in the NBA, including a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Simmons dishing out assists to mostly NBA career role players.

While impressive, shutting down Simmons with a defensively-minded player like Winslow, reduces the 76ers to competing on a four on four level, and Philadelpia’s other four players aren’t NBA All-Star calibre guys.

Starting Winslow at small forward and Josh Richardson at guard, leaves Justise smelling the sweat of Simmons, while the other Miami players battle their Philadelphia counterparts.

Once Joel Embiid returns, the scenario changes to Hassan Whiteside on Embiid, Winslow on Simmons, and the other three Heat players square off against the Sixers three players.

Cutting off the source of oxygen for Philadelphia could leave them gasping for air as Miami turns on the Heat.