Ben Simmons booed, National Basketball Association playoffs | 76ers vs Nets game one

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Embiid is averaging 27.5 points and 11.1 rebounds. "[The team is] going to do whatever they can as far as getting me ready and healthy, but if my body doesn't respond based on the pain level, there's really nothing you can do".

Let's take a minute to go through why the Nets can and why the Nets cannot win the series against the Sixers.

It's been a tough Game 1 for the Philadelphia 76ers in their first-round matchup against the Brooklyn Nets.

Sixers owner Josh Harris was very noncommittal on Brown's return for a seventh season on the bench if the team did not make a deep run in the playoffs. Ben Simmons was a postseason dud against Russell, his high school teammate.

Jonah Bolden is listed as questionable for the opener after experiencing left knee soreness, though Jimmy Butler is set to play after missing four of the past six games with a back injury.

"I love Jo for going out there and competing", Butler said.

"We all got to do a better job. Us". He went just 1-for-8 when the Nets defended him with Ed Davis, according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Information. Ed Davis came of the bench to add 12 points and 16 rebounds in a surprise performance. 'Ah, my knee hurts, ' and then, the guy gets 50 on you...

While most fans didn't expect the Nets to be competing for a spot in the playoffs, the 76ers were seen as one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference with LeBron James leaving for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Embiid was introduced to a roaring standing ovation and heard chants of "MVP!" and "Trust the Process" when he opened the game with two free throws.

"I'll point exclusively to fatigue", Brown said.

Game 2 is Monday at 8:00 p.m. EST from Philadelphia as the 76ers look to bounce back.