Nets, Spurs, Magic steal Game 1

Annette Crawford
April 16, 2019

Back in the postseason for the first time since 2015, the Brooklyn Nets defended well, produced plenty of offense and flustered the Philadelphia 76ers at times in Game 1.

The 76ers will try to straighten things out when they host Game 2 on Monday, and the Warriors will try for more smooth sailing against the Clippers at Oracle Arena in the only other game scheduled. "They want to watch us win so I understand why they boo", Embiid said. The Sixers are down 0-1 in the series and if they hope to get back into it they really need to make home advantage count. He overtook Lenny Wilkens to become the coach with the most number of wins in National Basketball Association history.

Nets at 76ers, Brooklyn leads 1-0. Caris LeVert had 23 points in 23 minutes off the bench and Spencer Dinwiddie 18 points.

"It's not as clear cut as you thought it would be on 'how do you maintain a fitness base and still get his knee rest?'" Brown said.

In this post we'll focus on the No.3 seeded Sixers, who dropped the series opener to the No.6 seeded Nets 111-102 and, obviously, in so doing, they failed to cover as the closing -7.5 home faves. That's big progress for us. "Hell, I want to see us win, too", Butler said. Jimmy Butler stepped up with a playoff career-high 36 points but was about the only bright spot. Both Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris struggled at times while JJ Redick scored just five points and fouled out after 23 minutes.

Embiid's health is a key storyline for the Sixers. Joel Embiid played reasonably well but only lasted 24 minutes as a knee injury is hampering him. Then when the Nets used Jared Dudley at center, Embiid became frustrated at the physicality and picked up a technical foul in the first quarter. It's like every missed shot, you get booed so you get the next one and it's kind of like, 'should I shoot it or should I not because I'm about to get booed?' I don't know. "In the end I think we just got to do better".

The first game went to Brooklyn, who went up by double-digits in the second quarter and just never looked back.

KEEP AN EYE ON: The Warriors blocked 14 shots in Game 1, getting three each by Durant, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala. Both players were caught looking at Johnson's phone in the middle of the game, which goes against team and league rules.

Led by general manager Rob Pelinka, the Lakers are set to interview former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams, and Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard.

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