Physical Nets handle favored Sixers in opener

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The NBA Playoffs begin on Saturday afternoon for the Sixers in a Round 1 matchup with the Nets, but they're not exactly off to a great start. "It still hasn't changed", Embiid said.

After the Sixers' Game 1 loss to Brooklyn, two major storylines lingered that didn't have all that much to do with the uninspired basketball we had just watched.

Despite appearing to have a huge advantage over their rivals on paper, the Sixers realize the last thing they can do is underestimate the Nets, especially since the two teams split the four-game series during the regular season. As he explained, not seeing any progress with his knee has been extremely frustrating.

"I'm fine", Embiid said after the game, even though he admitted he did away with the brace the team fashioned for his left leg because it made his calf and tibia feel sore.

The team has until 5 P.M. EST to let the league know whether or not Embiid will be eligible for tomorrow's game.

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Russell, LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie gave the Sixers fits off the dribble, buried open looks from 3-point range, and suddenly a team that got hot late just to make the playoffs has the upper-hand on the road over a 51-win team stocked with stars.

The third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers bounced back in a major way in Game 2 with a 145-123 blowout victory over the sixth-seeded Brooklyn Nets on Monday night. He's averaging 27.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game this season and has the ability to dominate games.

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown called Johnson's actions "completely unacceptable". And Davis added 12 points and 16 rebounds, his energy making Embiid look lethargic at times. He was 6 of 10 and scored 23 points while the rest of the Sixers shot 10 of 38 for 31 points.

"Obviously, I wasn't on my phone", he said, per Ben Golliver of The Washington Post. "I'm focused on the Brooklyn Nets".

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