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. Russell, Dinwiddie and LeVert combining for 67 points represents nearly an idealized version of how the Nets want to play.
In Game 1 on Saturday, the Nets continued their Cinderella-like run with an eye opening 111-102 road win. "Coach set us up earlier this season with a routine and recipe for the offense, and it's been flowing ever since". Jimmy Butler stepped up with a playoff career-high 36 points but was about the only bright spot.
Embiid also took issue with the boos as he said after the game that he believes the fans' reaction affected how the 76ers played, though he did say he still loves the fans.
For head coach Kenny Atkinson, it's a huge step in the evolution and rebranding of the Nets.
It might be the flawless way to approach this series as all the pressure will be on the 51-win 76ers to step up and perform like the Eastern Conference contenders that they're supposed to be.
"Elsewhere, Orlando Magic beat the Toronto R" play-offs. Game 2 is going to be different because the Sixers are faced with a must-win game. Kawhi Leonard tried to answer and force the game into overtime but his long three pointer hit nothing but air.
Evan Fournier had 16 points for Orlando and Terrence Ross came off the bench for 10. The Clippers made it competitive early, but it was only a matter of time before Stephen Curry would take over.
Embiid was hobbled in Game 1 but still finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Make no mistake, Brooklyn to make it back-to-back wins is going to be no mean trick, now especially when the Sixers know only too well not to underestimate them again. Durant caused a ton of matchup nightmares before he and Patrick Beverley were tossed. That said, there's a lot of positive noise coming out of their locker room ahead of game 2.
The young Denver Nuggets, led by their versatile big man Nikola Jokic are one of the best stories of this year's National Basketball Association. Dr. David J Chao, who has gained notoriety for diagnosing National Football League injuries in real time on his Twitter account, believes that Embiid's injury is a long-term issue.
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.
Embiid is being listed as questionable once again. Rudy Gay also chipped in 14 points off the bench. It's either find a way to give him help so he can jog back on defense or watch the same scenario play out Monday.