The Magic did win 11 of their final 13 contests to end the season but I'm not expecting them to win this series.
"It's not as clear cut as you thought it would be on 'how do you maintain a fitness base and still get his knee rest?'" Brown said.
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 102-111 BROOKLYN NETS D'Angelo Russell flashed some postseason magic, playing like the All-Star leader Brooklyn needed with 26 points, and Caris LeVert scored 23 to lead the Nets to an impressive 111-102 win on Saturday over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. "Like I said before, earlier in the season, we just wouldn't have the composure to close a game like that out".
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. It came days after Los Angeles Lakers executive Magic Johnson, who dumped Russell on the Nets, resigned.
At the half, the Nets led by eight, 62-54.
The 76ers might want to keep their phones on lock.
Embiid was involved in controversy during Game 1 as he was seen looking at Amir Johnson's cell phone on the bench.
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. "It was a frustrating night for him, fouling out, a couple tough calls", coach Steve Kerr said. He led the 76ers with 36 points on 22 shots. Embiid slogged his way through 24 forgettable minutes on his bum left knee. However, Davis is listed as questionable for Game 2 with an ankle injury. Sixers have better percentages both in field goals (47% to 44.8%) and in 3-pointers (35.7% to 35.4%). Harris was even worse with four points on seven attempts. He finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
"It's Philly, that's what's gonna happen", Simmons said, via Rich Hofmann of The Athletic. "I'm fine. I'll play through anything".
Leonard hit a tying 3 with 1:35 left, then put Toronto up 101-99 with a jumper at 1:02. They could not find the right defensive lineups, and they struggled to grab rebounds and get stops in the game's biggest moments. "We couldn't back him up so Monday we've got to do a better job". They both became enraged again and official Ed Malloy immediately sent them both to the locker room. Durant high-fived fans as he exited and the home crowd went into chants of "Beat L.A.!" The Nets attacked that mismatch all day in Game 1, scoring 46 points in the paint and taking 26 shots from the free-throw line.