2018 NBA playoffs live: 76ers continue to roll; Warriors engaged and energized

The first round of the NBA playoffs begins today with four Game 1s. Following along here for the latest analysis and commentary from The Post’s NBA reporter Tim Bontemps, and ask him questions in the comments section.

Schedule and results | Odds | Pregame reading | Comments section QA

  • The Raptors used their depth to win their first Game 1 of a playoff series since 2001.
  • The Warriors are engaged and energized again, and that’s bad new for the Spurs. But the Warriors do have a weakness.
  • Predicting the East and West first-round series; expect the Rockets to sweep

Sixers open strong, trounce Heat

Thanks to a huge second half and a torrent of three-pointers, the Philadelphia 76ers cruised to a 130-103 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their best-of-7 series.

The Sixers finished an absurd 18-for-28 from long range, led by a combined 53 points on 30 shots from J.J. Redick (28 points) and Marco Belinelli (25). Ben Simmons, meanwhile, had 17 points, nine rebounds and 14 assists in his first playoff game.

It’s hard to see Philadelphia staying that hot from the perimeter. But with Joel Embiid potentially coming back for Game 2, it may not matter.

Fultz puts defender in a blender

And, along with the Dunk of the Day from Simmons, we now have the

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2018/04/14/2018-nba-playoffs-first-round-game-1s-saturday/

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