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Joel Embiid caught checking cellphone on Sixers bench during Game 1 loss to Nets

Seventh-seeded Orlando has been one the NBA's best teams since the All-Star break, but not many expected this.

Only the Golden State Warriors managed to win there Saturday in a rough day for the higher seeds.

The sixth-seeded Nets took down the third-seeded 76ers in Game 1 of their first-round series in Philadelphia, claiming a 111-102 victory.

But with all that being said, it's going to take more than aggressive play on offense for the Sixers to beat the Nets in Game 2 at Wells Fargo Center.

A Nets win would mark the first time they went up 2-0 in a series since sweeping the New York Knicks in the opening round of the 2004 postseason. The Sixers don't have the depth to chase around all of Brooklyn's shooters. When asked about the moment postgame, Simmons shared that he "was thinking about the boos from last game".

"We expect a haymaker", Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said before the game. "We're ready for the challenge".

Kawhi Leonard got a final shot for Toronto, but missed the rim with his 3-pointer from the top.

DJ Augustin, who I called one of the more underrated point guards in our series preview matchup breakdown, came through with 25 big points in the win for the Magic and also hit a tie-breaking three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in the game.

While his numbers don't leap off the page, Dudley's presence on the defensive end, poking away passes, playing the passing lanes and bothering the Sixers bigs was something that was sorely lacking in Game 2. Philly suffered due to having a half fit Embiid and if he isn't fully fit the Sixers will feel they are just better off executing a plan without him than alter everything around his limited minutes and limited play. Philly obviously needs him on the floor, but this series has the potential to go beyond five games, so the Sixers need to play it smart with him as well. Both were key contributors in Game 1, with Davis going for 12 points and 16 rebounds.

PRESSURE IS ON: Simmons. Jimmy Butler was the only player that actually had a good game, while the rest of the Sixers' stars shrunk in the spotlight. Game 2, 10:30 p.m. EDT, TNT. It's just what they do. "How do you deliver him responsibly to a later date in ultimately what you hope will be a deep playoff run?" "I'm telling you, we're going to be fine. He gave us that energy to show us what we can do", said Boban Marjanovic, who added that it was the angriest he's ever seen Brown. "Everybody knows what Pat brings to the table and the type of competitor that he is". Their defense and steller 3 point shooting gave them an edge in Game 1, can they keep up their red-hot streak from distance tonight? "I think both guys were competing, and that was it". The Clippers found some success running the pick-and-roll with Williams and Harrell, specifically when DeMarcus Cousins was in the game, so they may look to get back to that more in Game 2.

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