NBA Playoff roundup: Raptors snap Game 1 hex, defeat Wizards

Patty Mills’ San Antonio Spurs could have a date with MVP-favourite James Harden’s Houston Rockets — but they have the reigning champs to worry about first

The 76ers star has been ruled out for Monday's Game 2 matchup against the Heat despite clearing the NBA's concussion protocol, the team announced Monday (AEST). It was assumed Embiid wouldn't play, as he was listed as out on the injury report, and Brown confirmed it in a radio interview on Friday morning.

Joel Embiid did not make one Saturday. Failing that, they need to anticipate every down screen and cover every corner look for J.J. Redick and Dario Saric (and their reasonably like-for-like replacements, Belinelli and Ilyasova).

Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for the east's top seeds.

Game 2 in this series is on Monday night, again in Philadelphia. Belinelli had 25 and Ilyasova 17.

No exact timetable was given for his return, but Embiid will wear a protective mask when he returns to the court. Sixers fans started tailgating in the sports complex about seven hours before tipoff and one group posted a sign on their tent that read "Saturdays Are For The Process".

This playoff series is bound to be a tale of two underdogs.

"We have to learn from it", Miami guard Dwyane Wade said.

"We're playing a team that is playoff driven, playoff hardened", Brown said.

The Game 1 victory sure didn't surprise Embiid.

"It's about that time!".

As an injured player, Embiid was not obligated to meet the press Saturday.

The Heat would swipe left on the collage.

The 76ers are coming off of a 16 game win streak that is mostly credited to Ben Simmons. Johnson averaged just 4.6 points in 74 games but bumped that up to 6.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in the last eight games filling in for Embiid. Whiteside had just two points and he didn't seem pleased at one point with coach Erik Spoelstra.

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