Ben Simmons softens stance on booing Philadelphia fans

Joel Embiid caught checking cellphone on Sixers bench during Game 1 loss to Nets

The Nets had no trouble defeating the 76ers on their home floor in the series opener, and Game 2 Monday could be another tough task for Philadelphia.

A Nets win would mark the first time they went up 2-0 in a series since sweeping the New York Knicks in the opening round of the 2004 postseason. Things couldn't have gone much worse for the Sixers, who couldn't quiet Brooklyn's guards or their own fans.

He joined Wilt Chamberlain and Charles Barkley as the only Sixers to get multiple triple-doubles in playoff action, and he exited to a standing ovation from fans after criticizing their booing following Game 1. "We're ready for the challenge". Dinwiddie isn't going to stop getting to the rim. Harris was fouled taking a three and then Russell committed a clear-path foul on him. We're focused on Game 2.

KEEP AN EYE ON: The benches.

And speaking of the bench, how good has Boban Marjanovic been during the first two games of the series? Backup forward Ed Davis was excellent as well, totaling 12 points with 16 rebounds in 25 minutes.

PRESSURE IS ON: Simmons.

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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. Stephen Curry was brilliant, and the Warriors are just way better than the Clippers. Game 2, 10:30 p.m. EDT, TNT.

Their one-point halftime lead grew into a 29-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter - a lead that they would not surrender.

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.

The officials heard their share of arguing from both sides. "And I think that my belief, and shared with Joel and our management and owners and so on.is we're in a phase, we're in a stage where we're buying time". "Everybody knows what Pat brings to the table and the type of competitor that he is". Tonight they didn't fall, but for me, I'm fine. 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. The 51 points tied a record for the most points in a playoff quarter.

Russell proved his worth through the season and in game 1 despite shooting poorly in the first half, showed maturity and went on a tear in the 3rd quarter with 13 points and ended up with a game high for the Nets with 26 points. He returned January 18 against the Clippers after a almost yearlong absence recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon that required surgery while he was with New Orleans. Simmons is someone that can find Redick for his shots and I am expecting a rebound performance from Simmons.

"There's night and then there's day - that's the truth", the 76ers' coach. "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".

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