By Mark Donovan
Joel Embiid lit up the Nets with 26 points (7-for-15 FGs, 11-for-11 FTs), five rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in Game 1.
Embiid started off the postseason with a big performance, even if he wasn’t as dominant on the glass.
He tied his fewest rebounds in a game this season, but he still did enough for the 76ers to easily win Game 1.
In the future, they’ll need bigger scoring nights from him if they hope to make a deep run in the postseason.
However, Brooklyn focused in on making other players beat them, which limited Embiid’s scoring a bit.
That allowed other guys to have big nights, like James Harden and Tobias Harris.
toooo smooooth. 🧈 pic.twitter.com/okRzuyKtvJ
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 15, 2023