Ben Simmons hits out at the boo-boys after shock 76ers loss
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 16, 2019,
Apr 16, 2019, 12:42
Point guard Ben Simmons can't hit an outside jumper, so he's mostly a non-factor.
The 76ers shot 77.1 percent from the line on the regular season, solidly in the middle of the pack in the Association, but were just 29-for-42 (69 percent) against the Nets on Saturday. Unsurprisingly, Philly faithful aren't taking kindly to Simmons' response.
Philadelphia's star center Joel Embiid was listed as questionable leading up to the contest, but made a decision to suit up.
This was the start of a historic quarter - the 76ers finished with 51 points in the frame, tying the all-time NBA Playoff record for points in a quarter.
Their one-point halftime lead grew into a 29-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter - a lead that they would not surrender.
It was a tremendous moral victory for the Brooklyn Nets to qualify for the playoffs this season after having not made it for a few years. They didn't crumble, as would be the easy narrative for a No. 2 seed dropping Game 1 at home. Ask Alexa! Say "Alexa, enable Spreaker" and to start listening simply say "WagerTalk" when asked what you want to listen to! He went scoreless in Game 1 while journeyman point guard D.J. Augustin went for 25. Nets center Jarrett Allen, who has become famous for blocking dunk attempts from star players, blocked an attempt by Harris at the rim. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Sixers in Game 1 with a 111-102 score, beating the odds. Brooklyn played great, but they'll need another strong performance to take another win off the higher-seed 76ers. "I'm sure he'll bounce back and play a little better in the next game". The Sixers had no answer in this game, and the outlook may get even tougher with Joel Embiid's status again up in the air.
Embiid has a chance to finish in the top five in the 2019 MVP race after averaging 27.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 blocks per game. The more he has the ball in his hands, the more likely the Nets are to succeed.
Moneyline: The 76ers are still being spotted -350 odds while at home and with the status of their best player unknown.
Philly outrebounded Brooklyn 49-32 on the night, with Embiid (10), Simmons (8) and Marjanovic (8) doing the bulk of the damage on the glass.
JJ Redick had himself a horror show as well with 5 points and 1 rebound and fouled out early in the 4th quarter, with the Nets covering him and everyone else effectively leaving both Embiid and Simmons open from distance.
Stephen Curry scored 38 points, including 8 three-pointers for the Golden State Warriors to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 121-104 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Round 1 series. But the Nets also have reserve guards Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert to thank for the win as well.