Here are the three observations in this one:
Poor play from the stars
On a night where the Nets are missing their two superstars, this was a night where Simmons and Embiid needed to flex their muscles and go to work. Philadelphia is lucky that Durant and Irving didn’t play on this night or else the Nets would have put up even more points on the board. The Sixers entered the night with the best defensive rating in the league at 102.9 and Thursday’s effort was unacceptable on all fronts. Embiid struggled with the double teams on this night after he had made so much progress in that area and there were a lot of lazy passes on the night.