76ers Fans Boo Ben Simmons, Twitter Reacts After Abysmal Playoff Performance

76ers Fans Boo Ben Simmons, Twitter Reacts After Abysmal Playoff Performance

- The playoffs start Saturday, and the Philadelphia 76ers are already dealing with a big problem: Joel Embiid is listed as doubtful for Game 1 against The Brooklyn Nets with tendinitis in his left knee. Specifically, All-Star center Joel Embiid is trending in the wrong direction prior to the postseason opener. Game 2 is on Monday.

Embiid was more forgiving: "It's understandable; they come in, they pay a lot of money, they want the game to be entertaining ..." And then Ben Simmons called out Philadelphia for, well, being Philadelphia. "We tried to play him in five-minute clumps and maximize that, but even that got the better of him from a pace standpoint".

Jimmy Butler scored 36 points and saved the Sixers, widely considered a favorite to at least reach the East semis, from losing by 25.

Instead of using his size advantage to punish the Nets down low, Embiid continued to settle for 3-pointers in the first half - perhaps a sign that he doesn't quite trust the knee that he says has given him trouble since All-Star Weekend.

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"It isn't ideal, but that's where we're at", Brown said.

Curry shot 8 for 12 from deep to pass Ray Allen (385) for career postseason 3s with 386, had a postseason career-high 15 rebounds, seven assists and the 31st 30-point postseason performance of his career.

It'll be interesting to see what Sixers coach Brett Brown opts to do with the starting lineup if Embiid is out, but it's likely he'll stick with Jonah Bolden, assuming he suits up. When he missed the first attempt, a scattering of fans booed him. "I'm focused on the Brooklyn Nets". "Now that we've attracted them into our system, we're going to work really hard at keeping them around for a while", Harris said.

The Sixers were without Embiid to start their first-round series against the Miami Heat past year, too, as he recovered from a facial injury.

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