During the last half decade, Philadelphia fed its Process with three main selections, while Brooklyn managed to escape and look for a way out of purgatory of badets.
Impressively, the variety of underrated players of the Nets prevailed over the star-studded lineup of the Sixers in the first game of the 2019 playoffs, stealing Game 1 and Homecourt's lead in the process.
Brooklyn's most iconic ex-markers opened the way: D & # 39; Angelo Russell, the No. 2 overall selection that was once exchanged, and Caris LeVert, acquired two weeks after the draft in a bet calculated as a series of injuries in the legs not rehabilitated yet. He dropped his actions significantly. The duo finished with 49 points in total, more than three Sixers who did not call themselves Jimmy Butler (36 points).
The victory was symbolic of the Brooklyn season: relentless and full of good chemical sensations.
You could say the opposite of Philadelphia, which suffered a nightmarish departure from everyone except the No. 23. Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick combined for only 18 points. The 22 of Joel Embiid arrived with 5 of 15 shots. Even with their first playoff game descending to disappointment, Embiid and Amir Johnson found themselves more interested in the activity of cell phones than in how their teammates were doing.
By the end of the night, you could hear the Sixers fans booing the contestant who waited years to witness. Simmons spared no words on the subject after the game.
"If you're going to boo, stay on that side," Simmons warned.
The Nets will do everything possible to keep them there. Brooklyn's effort (23 second-chance points) and accuracy (11 of 26 from 3) became a good recipe for this Sixers team. And unlike Philadelphia, the stars of the Nets received a lot of help.
For Philadelphia, the question is already on its way to Game 2: Can you still rely on "The Process"?
The Sixers clearly thought they would maintain the service on the home court. Unfortunately, those plans, and the celebration that accompanied them, were not fulfilled.
The Sixers playoff balloons that are dragged in a giant dustbin feel pretty accurate to describe what we saw today. pic.twitter.com/mPGj5YxEqm
– Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 14, 2019
Since he was selected No. 9 overall in 2008, DJ Augustin has been the point man good enough to get, but not good enough to keep it. Orlando is his eighth stop in the NBA, the longest since leaving Charlotte in 2012. He entered this season as a full-time starter for the Magic … because there was no one else.
But something fun happened in Orlando's first playoff game in Toronto's second favorite. Throughout the process, the Magic seemed to realize that Augustin (along with former Raptor Terrence Ross) was one of his only players with significant experience and confidence in the postseason. Those peaked at 4.2 seconds to play, when Augustin drilled the winning game of 3 in Orlando's stunning 104-101 victory in Game 1.
Augustin was not the only owner who tried himself on the big stage. Former Kia rookie of the year and three times exchanged Michael Carter-Williams was solid from the bench (10 points, five rebounds, two badists), even if the start was tarnished by a wandering arm of Kyle Lowry.
Curse of game 1?
At this point, it's too weird to ignore it. Kyle Lowry is not himself when he starts a playoff series. The five-time All-Star missed his seven shot attempts in Saturday's loss, finishing with zero points.
Lowry is now averaging 9.7 points, 6.4 badists, 4.2 rebounds, 32.5 percent shooting and 18.6 percent from beyond the goal in 12 games of Race 1.
White takes flight
Maybe LeBron should call Derrick White …
White was much more than a four-star standout, serving as one of the Spurs' few efficient offensive sources in his loss to Game 1 in Denver's second favorite. He is most recognized for his defense, and cemented that reputation with the theft of the game in the last seconds.
Pat and Kevin
It sounds more like a setback comedy than a budding playoff rivalry, but Beverley's physicality in finding Durant's dominance produced some memorable photos and a double ejection before the end of the night.