Joel Embiid's Injury Could Be Long-Term, Hinder Philadelphia 76ers’ 2019 Playoff Run

Joel Embiid Could Face Stiff Discipline for Using Phone on Bench

They used a historic third quarter, scoring an NBA Playoff record-tying 51 points, to turn a one-point halftime lead into a 29-point lead going into the fourth quarter to decide the outcome of this game.

Ben Simmons contributed his second career postseason triple-double with 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

But with all that being said, it's going to take more than aggressive play on offense for the Sixers to beat the Nets in Game 2 at Wells Fargo Center.

"I take full responsibility and will accept the consequences of my actions", he said.

In just four minutes, their 65-64 halftime lead had turned into an 86-66 lead thanks to a 21-2 run. 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).

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, is crushing its National Basketball Association picks.

The Sixers did not put forth one of their best efforts as they shot a horrific 12 percent from three-point range, and could not stop the trio of D'Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Caris LeVert from getting any shots that they liked.

Going into this matchup, the Orlando Magic might have been the 7 seed but they had also been the hottest team in the Eastern Conference during the final 13 games of the season. He poured in 36 points on 11-of-22 shooting while adding nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

Having a reliable bench is great, especially when the 76ers' depth is widely considered to be their biggest weakness.

Joel Embiid on cell phone incident on bench with Sixers teammate Amir Johnson during Game 1 loss to Nets: "I looked down because he said his daughter was extremely sick and he was checking on his daughter".

"I do know that he completely cares", Brett Brown said of Simmons.

Toronto's streak of losing series-opening games continues as they are now 2-14 in those games.

Game 1 was an impressive win for Brooklyn. 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. The Nets still gave up a fair few open opportunities but they played the odds and Philly now need a turnaround to win the next game. "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".

Embiid is being listed as questionable once again.

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

Embiid had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Marjanovic scored 16.

The Nets definitely showed they deserve their spot in the playoffs. Game 2, 8 p.m. EDT, TNT.

As Tom Haberstroh pointed out pre-game, his ability to guard multiple positions and guard them well is invaluable to the Nets' success.

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