Brooklyn Nets upset Philadelphia 76ers in play-off opener

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Apart from that Jimmy Butler absolutely balled out for the Sixers but pretty much everyone else stalled.

NEED TO KNOW: Patrick Beverley and Kevin Durant insisted after their ejections in Game 1 they were just having fun and trash-talking in the heat of the playoffs.

There was no real on court drama in the fourth quarter of Game 2 between the Nets and Sixers, as Philly had run away with the game thanks to a 51-23 third quarter advantage. In comparison, Simmons attempted just nine shots in 32 minutes of action in Game 1 to finish with nine points, seven rebounds and three assists. Unsurprisingly, Philly faithful aren't taking kindly to Simmons' response.

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

Brooklyn Nets finished the regular season with a 42-40 record (45-37 against the spread) and were placed sixth in the East.

The next key is a pretty obvious one, put the ball in D'Angelo Russell's hands. He remains central to everything the Nets do and capable of finding his own shots.

For more on Game 2 between the 76ers and Nets, we have you covered with four takeaways. This is not the first time.

If the Nets can not get their starters going than Philly will run them out of the gym like they did in this one. Ask Alexa! Say "Alexa, enable Spreaker" and to start listening simply say "WagerTalk" when asked what you want to listen to!

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 3, 2018 in Boston.

The first game went to Brooklyn, who went up by double-digits in the second quarter and just never looked back.

"I was just trying to be me", Simmons said. "So I'm not going to celebrate this victory". "I have a lot of love for this city".

DeMarre Carroll is a less fancy option compared to Caris LeVert but LeVert has a habit of blowing hot and cold. Most of the starters were removed from the game with 10 minutes to go in regulation.

Playoff Jimmy Butler is back. Joel Embiid was the empowering force that got things going for the 76ers during that stretch. That was their most all season and tied a franchise playoff high also done on April 27, 1989, at Utah in the first round.

The Sixers will be looking to avoid the dreaded 0-2 hole on Monday in Game 2 before the series shifts to Brooklyn. "What do we do to help him most now?" Well, despite him picking up three early ones, all was well. He overtook Lenny Wilkens to become the coach with the most number of wins in National Basketball Association history.

I have a feeling Embiid will be given a rest today. 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. Getting solid backup center minutes from him will be huge for the Sixers.