But after Game One, it appears that fans may need to reevaluate what the future holds for the Nets. On Saturday, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets kicked off the postseason. About the only Nets starter to play well was All-Star D'Angelo Russell, who had 26 points.
In just 29 minutes of game time, he led the Nets with 26 points.
The team that buried preseason predictions with its 42 wins and a playoff berth went into Philadelphia and never trailed in the second half of its 111-102 win over the third-seeded Sixers. "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". "Coach set us up earlier this season with a routine and recipe for the offense, and it's been flowing ever since". If the Nets can do that again, then the +8 they are getting should be good. The Nets have covered seven of their past eight road games.
If Chao is correct, Philadelphia has more to worry about with Embiid than just this postseason.
Simmons, the reigning Rookie of the Year, did not have a strong outing.
Simmons ended the game with lowly figures of nine points and seven rebounds, registering a -21 plus/minus from his 32 minutes of game time.
Jimmy Butler had no qualms with Simmons' comments but can understand the fans' discontent. Brooklyn has won four in a row and covered the spread in nine of its last 12, but Philadelphia will likely have a healthier Joel Embiid (knee) and a motivated lineup after the Game 1 embarrassment. Forbes knocked down shots and did it at a high percentage, making 3-of-4 three-pointers and 6-of-9 from the field overall.
Moneyline: The 76ers are still being spotted -350 odds while at home and with the status of their best player unknown.
"We're trying to find participants outside of Joel, who we really weren't sure was going to play".
Despite the poor showing, oddsmakers have decided the 76ers should remain a heavy favorite against the Nets (point spread: 76ers by 7.5; money line: Nets- +300, 76ers -400).
Over/under: Saturday's total hit just 213 points.