Home-court advantage? Warriors had it, now 76ers need it
Opening day of the NBA postseason was no time to be home.
Not home for the summer. Home for a game.
Only the Golden State Warriors managed to win there Saturday in a rough day for the higher seeds. Both No. 2s lost, and the Brooklyn Nets won the game and the crowd in Philadelphia, where home fans turned on the third-seeded 76ers during an ugly performance.
The 76ers will try to straighten things out when they host Game 2 on Monday, and the Warriors will try for more smooth sailing against the Clippers at Oracle Arena in the only other game scheduled.
The Nets got the surprises started right from the very first game of the postseason when they beat the 76ers 111-102. Things couldn’t have gone much worse for the Sixers, who couldn’t quiet Brooklyn’s guards or their own fans. The booing started early and grew stronger as the game went on, with Philadelphia All-Star Ben Simmons critical of the fans after being held to nine points while counterpart D’Angelo Russell had 26.
“We know that Game 2 will definitely be a lot harder for us,” Nets guard Caris LeVert said. “We’re ready for the challenge.”
Toronto was edged by Orlando, and Denver went down to San Antonio. But the Warriors made sure their home-court advantage didn’t go to waste by beating the Clippers 121-104, getting their offense rolling early and keeping it going.
“Every game is different too,” Stephen Curry said, “so who knows what will happen Game 2 and beyond.”