Ben Simmons hits out at the boo-boys after shock 76ers loss

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Embiid has a chance to finish in the top five in the 2019 MVP race after averaging 27.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 blocks per game. "I understand why they're booing".

With JJ Redick, you just kind of have to take the good with the bad.

If Embiid can get remotely close to the player he's been for most of the season, he can carry this team.

Lots of iso ball play in Game 1.

Had Mutombo played in this one, the Nets surely would have received one of his signature finger wags.

Brooklyn's star point guard D'Angelo Russell was ice-cold to start the game, but ended up posting a team-high 26 points against Philadelphia. He remains central to everything the Nets do and capable of finding his own shots.

The Nets collapsed in the second half, outplayed and overmatched much as expected by pundits and bookmakers (they were 7.5-point Game 2 underdogs).

But the Hall of Famer had a front row seat to see Ben Simmons mimic the signature celebratory gesture amidst an explosive, game-changing run. This is not the first time. If Embiid can't come back and dominate inside (which he should be able to do if he is healthy-ish) and perhaps get the Nets into some foul trouble, the Nets can beat Philly. "I thought Joel's lack of playing and his inevitable lack of conditioning, which is connected, didn't let us try to go to him as much as I wished in just basic paint touches".

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Joe Harris heated up in the first quarter and made 3 threes but cooled down a bit as the game progressed with Nets finding better opportunities right at the rim.

The first game went to Brooklyn, who went up by double-digits in the second quarter and just never looked back. "It's hard. I think we all got to do a better job".

"I don't need to say anything to DeMarcus". This is just me doubling down on that prediction and going all in on it.

DeMarre Carroll is a less fancy option compared to Caris LeVert but LeVert has a habit of blowing hot and cold. Those were the franchise's most in a playoff game since 2002.

Playoff Jimmy Butler is back.

Joel Embiid is questionable to play. They allowed the Nets to score 31 points in each of the first three quarters and struggled to make both free throws and 3 pointers. "What do we do to help him most now?" While he isn't a fancy option for the game, he is cheap and is guaranteed to get minutes for his defense.

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I have a feeling Embiid will be given a rest today. While Curry remains a key player in this series, the biggest and most obvious headache for Doc Rivers and the Clippers has got to be how they will defend Kevin Durant. Getting solid backup center minutes from him will be huge for the Sixers. Se he becomes another value pick although at 10.5 Credits its not as cheap as a Dudley, but he is less than half the price of Embiid who even if he plays will be on heavy minutes restriction.