PHILADELPHIA — The Nets at all times knew Joel Embiid was going to be prepared for Monday’s pivotal first-round Recreation 2. However they have been hoping their veteran huge males could be wholesome, or Jarrett Allen would step up.
They acquired neither. Probably not.
Jared Dudley was sidelined with a strained calf. Ed Davis — already hobbling with a sprained proper ankle — was saddled with foul bother. That left Allen to cope with Embiid.
It didn’t go properly.
Allen has repeatedly been abused by Embiid each within the common season and in Saturday’s Recreation 1. It occurred once more Monday, because the All-Star middle had 23 factors and 10 rebounds to assist Philadelphia batter the Nets 49-32 on the boards because the Sixers received going away, 145-123.
“You’re not going to win a number of video games once you get outrebounded by 20 or so rebounds,” Joe Harris stated.
“They dominated us within the paint, dominated in on the boards,” stated Kenny Atkinson, who thought Allen confirmed some enchancment. He simply wants extra.
“Not simply him. As a crew we didn’t rebound. The primary crew didn’t rebound. And we’ve acquired to choose that up. If we don’t discover a answer to our rebounding woes, it’s going to be over fast. It’s on Jarrett to choose it up, and it’s on the remainder of these guys, too.”
The Nets starters have been outrebounded, 29-16, by the Sixers’ lineup. And Allen was bullied round inside by Embiid.
After Davis had 12 factors and 16 rebounds Saturday — and held Embiid to 1-of-Eight capturing when defending the All-Star — he had simply two factors and one rebound Monday. He picked up a 3rd foul simply 1:18 into the second quarter, and logged simply 5:30 of taking part in time. Dudley had carried out yeoman’s work guarding each Embiid and Ben Simmons on Saturday, and the latter erupted for a triple-double Monday (18 factors, 12 assists and 10 rebounds).
Allen had simply 9 factors and 6 boards, and was floored by Embiid on a nasty elbow that earned a Flagrant 1 however simply might have been a Flagrant 2 and ejection.
“I simply determined to be aggressive and drive the ball,” stated Embiid, who spun and threw his elbow out, catching Allen sq. within the face and sending him sprawling and bloodied with 35.6 seconds left within the first half.
“I don’t suppose he deliberately meant to elbow me. I don’t know what he was considering however I don’t suppose there was any menace behind it,” Allen stated.
“They have been undoubtedly extra bodily. We’ve acquired to make the adjustment,” Caris LeVert stated.
“Playoff basketball. If he throws an elbow, we’ve acquired to throw an elbow again. What are we going to do, simply sit again and take it?” DeMarre Carroll stated. “All we will management is what we do on the courtroom, how we convey our physicality and the way we reply. They acquired on that third-quarter run and I take that on my shoulders a bit.
“As a veteran chief I’ve acquired to calm these guys down, we’ve acquired to be poised, can’t make psychological errors and acquired to be harder.”