It was clear Joel Embiid's knee was still bothering him by the way he was settling for outside shots and how the Nets attacked him in space.
After the win, he summed up the Nets' mindsets perfectly. Caris LeVert had 23 points in 23 minutes off the bench and Spencer Dinwiddie 18 points. Jimmy Butler stepped up with a playoff career-high 36 points but was about the only bright spot.
For head coach Kenny Atkinson, it's a enormous step in the evolution and rebranding of the Nets. I think they'll play with more sustained energy, identify a few things that work outside of Butler pick-and-rolls offensively, and even the series. However, the Toronto Raptors are a well balanced team with a deep bench and a superstar in Kawhi Leonard so they shouldn't have had much trouble in prevailing over the Magic. "We got great minds behind it", Russell said after the game, via ESPN.
Still, Philly is a -208 favourite on the Sports Interaction series line entering Monday's Game 2, with Brooklyn at +150.
Johnson, who averaged 3.9 points in 51 games, was inactive and apologized for his mistake. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry had a awful game where he scored ZERO points in 34 minutes of action. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 121-104 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS Stephen Curry scored 38 points and made eight 3-pointers to give him the most in postseason history, and top-seeded Golden State began its quest for a three-peat by running away from frustrated Los Angeles in their playoff opener on a night tempers flared. Both were key contributors in Game 1, with Davis going for 12 points and 16 rebounds.
NEED TO KNOW: The Nets will be trying for their first 2-0 lead in a series since going up 2-0 against the New York Knicks en route to a first-round sweep in 2004. Point guard Ben Simmons can't hit an outside jumper, so he's mostly a non-factor. Rivers settled on Beverley, but Durant still put up 23 points.
In their five previous meetings in the regular season the Nets lead the Sixers 3-2 wins and were 2-1 in Philadelphia. Take the UNDER with room to spare from the series opener. San Antonio also managed to finally play well and defend on the road, which was the biggest knock on them coming into the playoffs. He took a little over half the number of Ray Allen's games to pass that.
White looked poised as he scored in a variety of ways - drives, mid-range jumpers and three-pointers, and who could forget the slam over Paul Millsap. PF Tobias Harris was the game's biggest disappointment as he finished with just four points on 2-for-7 from the field.
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