Ben Simmons: 'If You're Going to Boo, Then Stay on That Side'

Ruben Hill
April 16, 2019

The Brooklyn Nets made an emphatic statement on Saturday afternoon, opening up the 2019 NBA Playoffs with an upset 111-102 victory in Game 1 of their first-round series against the 76ers in Philadelphia.

D'Angelo Russell was huge in his playoff debut with the Nets, scoring 26 points.

Philadelphia may have the second-best starting five in the National Basketball Association behind Golden State, but the Sixers aren't going very far if superstar centre Joel Embiid isn't 100 per cent - and he's clearly not right now as he battles through a knee injury. LeVert finished with 23 points and Dinwiddie added 18.

Still, Philly is a -208 favourite on the Sports Interaction series line entering Monday's Game 2, with Brooklyn at +150. Brett Brown is one of the better coaches in the league, and it'll be interesting to see what adjustments he makes between games. The Orlando Magic came into Toronto and did what not many people expected them to do, steal homecourt. I thought that we kind of took a couple of punches from them, took a couple of runs and still kept our composure. They are 2-14 all-time in Game 1's in franchise history. Raptors all-star forward Kawhi Leonard had 25 points, but he missed a crucial three-pointer that could have given the Raptors the win. You can also wager on the correct score after Game 3, which is Nets 2-1 at -120, up 3-0 at +550 and Sixers 2-1 at +137. The Nets have covered seven of their past eight road games. While Curry remains a key player in this series, the biggest and most obvious headache for Doc Rivers and the Clippers has got to be how they will defend Kevin Durant. Rivers settled on Beverley, but Durant still put up 23 points.

Montrezl Harrell scored 26 points and fellow reserve Lou Williams contributed 25 points and nine assists as Los Angeles returned to the playoffs after missing last season following six straight appearances.

The San Antonio Spurs - 7th seed in the Western Conference - defeated 2nd-seeded Denver Nuggets 101-96 to get the home court advantage. On Saturday, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets kicked off the postseason. "And given Embiid's long-term value, I doubt the Sixers medical staff would allow him to play through a bone bruise to risk further damage".

Curry shot 8/12 from three-point range to pass Ray Allen (385) for career postseason 3s with 386, and had a postseason career-high 15 rebounds and seven assists. It's either find a way to give him help so he can jog back on defense or watch the same scenario play out Monday.

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