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Nets, Spurs, Magic steal Game 1

16 April 2019

The Philadelphia 76ers have fined forward Amir Johnson for conduct detrimental to the team during their Game 1 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. He was "best player in the world" Stephen Curry in every area of the game, and when Draymond Green, the guy who is always going to be a wide-open release valve, is going 7 of 12 for 17 points on top of Curry lighting it up, forget about it.

D'Angelo Russell was the only Nets' starter to score in double figures with 16 points, but the All-Star point guard failed to record a basket in the second half. I guarantee if we're winning they're not booing.

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.

"I take full responsibility and will accept the consequences of my actions", he said. Montrezl Harrell scored 26 points and fellow reserve Lou Williams contributed 25 points and nine assists as Los Angeles returned to the playoffs after missing last season following six straight appearances.

The Nets took a 23-22 lead with 1:58 in the first quarter and never gave it back. For a team that made an average of 10.8 threes per game during the regular season, The Nets holding them to only three treys is a fantastic accomplishment. Jimmy Butler poured in a game-high 36 points for the 76ers in the losing effort.

"If you're going to boo, then stay on that side", Simmons said. It made everything come a little easier for the Sixers as Simmons continued to go to the rim, looking for his own shot.

Embiid, who was a game-time decision heading into Saturday's playoff matinée, mentioned in his post-game press conference how the team needs to do a better job of helping Butler out on Monday night. However, their Game 1 performance is a big concern. He scored 14 points in the first half (only Simmons had more with 16) and let the Sixers find a comfort level on offence with Embiid out for long stretches.

Saturday's game made Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich the winningest coach in National Basketball Association history, as he saw his 1,413th victory, both regular season and playoffs combined.

All-Star Ben Simmons wants to put the fans on mute - and the Sixers could stand to silence their cellphones. "Hopefully, I'll feel better and gain a couple more of my athletic abilities so I can be down on the block, but that's got to start just be physical starting with me".

Fatigue was the biggest factor in limiting the minutes of Joel Embiid and that is absolutely vital to the Nets continuing success.

The focus has been more on how the 76ers lost Game 1, much more than any discussion of how the Nets won it.

Nets big men Ed Davis and Jared Dudley are questionable for Game 2.

Almost 60% of spread tickets are on the Nets in Game 2.

The young Brooklyn trio combined for 67 points, despite Russell, posting a +/- of -10.

Nets, Spurs, Magic steal Game 1