I think this series will be a dog fight, so I wouldn't bet this either way.
Jimmy Butler tried to will his team to the win, as he came up big with 36 points, but the rest of Philly's starters struggled offensively.
The Sixers' center is is listed as questionable with left knee soreness for Game 2 of the Sixers' first-round playoff series against the Nets on the NBA's official injury report. There is zero doubt he is our crown jewel and just with the phase and stage and how it's played out, to my best ability, this is how I see the world nowadays.
The Philadelphia 76ers' hopes of making a deep run in the 2019 National Basketball Association playoffs might rest on the health of Joel Embiid's knee. He averaged 7.4 points per game over the regular season. I thought that we kind of took a couple of punches from them, took a couple of runs and still kept our composure.
Curry added 15 rebounds in the game which saw Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley thrown out with just under five minutes to play for double-technical fouls. Both were key contributors in Game 1, with Davis going for 12 points and 16 rebounds.
In another Eastern Conference matchup, the Orlando Magic - 7th seed - managed to beat the Toronto Raptors - 2nd seed - on Saturday at Scotiabank Arena, thanks a game-winner by DJ Augustin. "You win a game, two more days, you win a game, three more days, you might drop one, four more days. Earlier in the season we just wouldn't have the composure to close a game like that out". If you're not playing well, they're going to let you know.
For the Raptors, superstar Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points, Pascal Siakam scored 24, while starting point-guard and All-Star Kyle Lowry racked up nil in 34 minutes of action.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Stephen Curry scored 38 points and made eight 3-pointers to give him the most in postseason history, and the top-seeded Golden State Warriors began their quest for a three-peat by running away from the frustrated Los Angeles Clippers for a victory in their playoff opener Saturday on a night tempers flared. The Nets also got big performances from Dinwiddie (18 points) and Caris LeVert (23 points) off the bench. Sixers have better percentages both in field goals (47% to 44.8%) and in 3-pointers (35.7% to 35.4%). Tobias Harris was a major bust with just four points, and Ben Simmons had only nine. The Clippers found some success running the pick-and-roll with Williams and Harrell, specifically when DeMarcus Cousins was in the game, so they may look to get back to that more in Game 2.