He scored 22 points with 15 rebounds, five blocks and four assists, but even his strong showing wasn't enough. Jimmy Butler stepped up with a playoff career-high 36 points but was about the only bright spot.
The good news for Philadelphia is with this being a seven-game series, there is plenty of time to turn things around since the best approach at the moment seems to be focusing on one game at a time, beginning on Monday night.
The 76ers have not given a ton of information regarding Embiid's injury, and he is listed as questionable for Game 2. He believes the boos will stop if the 76ers play better. It was clear Joel Embiid's knee was still bothering him by the way he was settling for outside shots and how the Nets attacked him in space.
In Game 1 on Saturday, the Nets continued their Cinderella-like run with an eye opening 111-102 road win.
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"It gives you that sense of confidence that, obviously it is a different atmosphere but at the end of the day, it is basketball and we've played a lot of games this season, we've won a lot of games", said Harris.
The 29-year-old put up 12 points, 16 rebounds and was a plus-28 in 25 minutes of play. For the Nuggets, Jokic had a great start to his playoff career as he got a triple double with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists.
The Nets win in Game 1 was no fluke. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry had a terrible game where he scored ZERO points in 34 minutes of action.
Russell, LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie gave the Sixers fits off the dribble, buried open looks from 3-point range (11 of 26) and smoked a Sixers team that resembled one straight out of the early Process era. Caris LeVert helped the Nets outscore Philadelphia's reserves by a 59-26 margin by adding 23 points. Tobias Harris was a major bust with just four points, and Ben Simmons had only nine. Favorites getting less than 50% of bets, like the 76ers, have gone 230-198-14 (54%) ATS since 2005 in the playoffs. With question marks over Embiid's health, winning this series might just end being a lot more hard than what most 76ers fans would've imagined at the end of the regular season.