"It's about the pain in my knee", Embiid said. His version, you have to pay some people and hope they came good, take a chance on D'Angelo Russell and that came good.
Embiid missed 14 of Philadelphia's final 24 games with left knee soreness and his participation in the team's practice on Friday was limited.
For more on the game, here are four takeaways.
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With Joel Embiid playing despite a noted injury, the 76ers were bound to be a bit rusty. A year ago in the playoffs, Simmons averaged 16.3 points and 7.7 assists in 11 games.
Unfortunately for him and the 76ers, it wasn't enough to bring home a victory. But Harris and Redick were each 2-of-7 shooting for a combined nine points. Whenever the 76ers needed a bucket, they called on their emotional leader and he delivered. This is the playoffs, I expect him to play. LeVert's third 3 in the fourth made it a 16-point game and there was no looking back - at least not for Russell as he raised his arms in celebration as he headed down the tunnel into Brooklyn's locker room.
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The Nets built a 17-point second-quarter lead on the way to a 62-54 advantage at halftime.
The Nets kept it simple with both Dinwiddie and LeVert - spread the 76ers out and attack the team's weakest defender, whomever that was on the floor.
Unfortunately, it won't be the last they hear of it.
Should Philly fans be disappointed in their Game 1 effort thus far?
"If you're going to boo, then stay on that side", Simmons told reporters in the locker room.
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