Gametime decision: Embiid in for 76ers, Dudley out for Brooklyn

Silvia Morton
April 16, 2019

That was very much on display in Game 1 as Ed Davis was sensational off the bench with 12 points, 16 rebounds, great defence on Sixers star Joel Embiid and a team-best rating of plus-28.

Sixers benchwarmer Amir Johnson was caught by TV cameras sitting on the bench and scrolling through his phone late in the fourth quarter and the Sixers down big. Johnson showed Embiid whatever message was on the phone and then slid the device into his warmup trousers pocket.

After a shocking outcome in the first game where the guests made a break, we have Game 2 between the third-seeded in the East Philadelphia 76ers (51-51), who have won only twice in their last seven games, are hosting once again the sixth-seeded Brooklyn Nets (42-40), who are leading the series 1-0 wins and are looking to extend their current winning streak. Johnson was fined for the incident. "It was a frustrating night for him, fouling out, a couple tough calls", coach Steve Kerr said.

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For the Raptors, superstar Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points, Pascal Siakam scored 24, while starting point-guard and All-Star Kyle Lowry racked up nil in 34 minutes of action. "How do you deliver him responsibly to a later date in ultimately what you hope will be a deep playoff run?" Harris had a brutal end to the season, but I still think he can produce once he gets out of his own way. But to think this is worth ruining your Saturday over and concluding Embiid is not fit to lead and the 76ers are not ready is laughable.

But wait, there were more disasters. While they're the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors are believed to be the favorites. Embiid is not healthy and the Nets are allowing Ben Simmons to take any shot outside of 5 feet. JJ Redick and Tobias Harris continued the starters' malaise with only a combined four baskets and nine points. Like I said, this situation, you just kind of want to move it to the side. "I also apologize to my teammates, the 76ers organization and the fans for the distraction this has caused". However, with Embiid's knee being an issue and the Nets being hungry, I wouldn't be surprised if they advanced.

The Nets definitely showed they deserve their spot in the playoffs. Before locking in any Nets vs. Sixers picks or any National Basketball Association predictions for Monday, you'll want to see what the SportsLine Projection Model is saying. Jamal Murray, who was having an incredible 4 quarter, had a wide open 15 foot jump shot for the lead but he just missed it. "I'm sure he'll bounce back and play a little better in the next game".

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