Game of Phones: 76ers get blown call on bench in blowout

Game of Phones: 76ers get blown call on bench in blowout

Joel Embiid almost delivered a knockout blow to the jaw of Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen in the final minute of the first half.

Seventh-seeded Orlando has been one the NBA's best teams since the All-Star break, but not many expected this.

Embiid played decent, but was quite inefficient.

To be ruled a Flagrant 2, the contact must be determined to have been both unnecessary and excessive. Barkley believed Embiid threw the elbow on goal, thus deserving an ejection, and fellow analyst Kenny Smith agreed.

At halftime, National Basketball Association on TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal took opposite sides of the argument.

There's only one problem with O'Neal's analysis.

Nets: C Jarrett Allen was whistled for fouls on Philadelphia's first two possessions.

With or without a healthy Embiid, the Nets were about unstoppable for much of the half with the Sixers clearly not ready to play.

And just as their Game 1 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday proved why their margin for error is miniscule, so did their Game 2 win prove why their ceiling is so incredibly high - not just in these playoffs but over the next half-decade.

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But the Sixers, at their best, are far more unsafe.

The context of the game needed to be taken into more consideration in the review.

Philadelphia missed their final nine shots from the field in the quarter and appeared to be disjointed in its offensive sets. He took a little over half the number of Ray Allen's games to pass that.

All-star Blake Griffin was out for Detroit in game one and to make matters worse for the Pistons, he will likely be out the entire round with a left knee injury. Not helping matters for Philadelphia was its other three starters - Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and JJ Redick - were non-factors, combining for 18 points on 8 of 23 shooting. Star point guard Ben Simmons had a awful 9 points and 3 assists in 32 minutes. It was far from a love tap.

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Jimmy Butler led the third-seeded Sixers with a career-high 36-point performance in the playoffs. Home for a game.

Embiid, who was a game-time decision heading into Saturday's playoff matinée, mentioned in his post-game press conference how the team needs to do a better job of helping Butler out on Monday night. While Embiid did record a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, he struggled to find his shot (5-15 from the floor; 0-5 from three-point range). Rivers settled on Beverley, but Durant still put up 23 points. The Magic's veteran point guard D.J. Augustin had the final say as he drained the go-ahead three pointer with 5.3 seconds left on the clock to give the Magic a 104-101 lead.

The NBA's version of justice for all made sure that question was moot.

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