Brooklyn Nets upset Philadelphia 76ers in play-off opener

NBA playoffs Nets and Magic stun high-seeds 76ers and Raptors

NBA playoffs Nets and Magic stun high-seeds 76ers and Raptors

Saturday's slate of upset specials started with the Brooklyn Nets stealing homecourt and taking a pivotal Game 1 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Later on, the eighth-seeded Clippers look to even things up qith the defending-champion Warriors after suffering a 17-point loss in Game 1. Now with home court advantage, the Nets look to steal another road game and go back to Brooklyn with a commanding 2-0 lead. If you're not playing well, they're going to let you know, but I love being here.

The team that averaged 23 wins per year over the previous three seasons has been to hell and back in the National Basketball Association.

In the third, it was much of the same but with the Nets edging the 76ers out in the quarter and extending their lead out to 11 points, 93-82.

For head coach Kenny Atkinson, it's a very big step in the evolution and rebranding of the Nets. "If we go out and get swept, that's what's supposed to happen, so you got that mindset - that I don't care, I don't give a f*** mentality".

"They want to see us win - I want to see us win, too".

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Jimmy Butler was the lone bright spot for the 76ers.

Embiid's health is a key storyline for the Sixers. Joel Embiid played reasonably well but only lasted 24 minutes as a knee injury is hampering him. Then when the Nets used Jared Dudley at center, Embiid became frustrated at the physicality and picked up a technical foul in the first quarter.

"The fact that it's after every miss, every missed shot you get booed, for some guys when they get the next one they wonder 'should I shoot it, should I not because I'm about to get booed?' Some guys are like that", Embiid said. I think this game should be close and Brooklyn can cover.

Depth turned out to be a significant difference in Game 1.

Moneyline: The 76ers are still being spotted -350 odds while at home and with the status of their best player unknown. They're not going to beat the elites in the Western Conference but beating a team with a listless offense in a defensive series is right up their alley. Brett Brown is one of the better coaches in the league, and it'll be interesting to see what adjustments he makes between games.

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