Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) dribbles past Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell (12) during the fourth quarter in game one of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center.
The Brooklyn Nets have a chance to take a shocking 2-0 series lead on Monday. They didn't crumble, as would be the easy narrative for a No. 2 seed dropping Game 1 at home. Simmons flashed the All-Star form that helped lead the Sixers to 51 wins, and was aggressive from tipoff.
He started the second half with a personal 7-0 run and had 13 points in the third. The 102.0 points per game they scored in their final 11 games was the second-worst in the National Basketball Association. The Sixers canned 9 of 31 attempts from the perimeter after managing only three triples Monday, with JJ Redick (17 pts), Tobias Harris (19 pts), and Mike Scott (15 pts) combining to go 7 of 14 from deep. The Nets relied too much on isolation plays in Game 1, which won't work tonight in Game 2.
"I love the fans".
Against the spread: The safer play is to back Brooklyn at -110 to cover the +8 spread. Jimmy is made for the playoffs because its tight defense and Jimmy is the best 1on1 guy Philly has apart from Joel Embiid (when he is in the paint, he remains a work in progress outside of it). 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.
Philadelphia also matched the 1962 Los Angeles Lakers for the most points scored in a quarter in a playoff game.
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They include local favorite Denny Hamlin , a three-time victor on the 0.75-mile oval, Chase Elliott and Matt Tifft . Truex said he was excited to finally win with his new team. "It sure was fun behind the wheel".
Brooklyn has covered four of the past five against the 76ers and is 5-2 ATS in its past seven in Philadelphia. "We know it's coming".
Brown acknowledged the bind the Sixers find themselves in as they try to allow Embiid time to get healthy while trying to build momentum in the playoffs. "It's coming. It's going to be how we react". There was talk that Joel Embiid may sit out Game One to rest his knee, but he ended up playing.
Embiid's health is a key storyline for the Sixers.
"Whenever I'm out there, I kind of forget about the pain and just try and do the right things", Embiid said. Expect Brooklyn to use the same type of style to wear Embiid out and limit his minutes. Ben Simmons was not thrilled with the crowd booing and didn't hide it. However, Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr wasn't very happy about it and said that Durant "took Beverley's bait'. There is zero doubt he's our crown jewel".
Embiid was whistled for a flagrant foul for throwing an elbow at Jarrett Allen late in the half and the Sixers nursing a 65-64 lead. "But it was important for him to get his feet wet and feel the playoffs, feel the energy, and I have no doubt he'll come back and play a lot better in Game 2".
Grabbed 10 offensive rebounds the first game, but gave up 16 to the 76ers.