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NBA playoffs 2021: Our experts’ biggest Game 1 takeaways



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On Sunday, the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers’ rally fell short against the Phoenix Suns; the Philadelphia 76ers held off the Washington Wizards; and the Memphis Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks each scored Game 1 upsets on the road.

Which performance surprised us the most? Which series has us hoping for seven games? Our ESPN NBA experts debate the biggest storylines after a weekend full of thrilling Game 1 action.

1. What has been most surprising after the Game 1s?

Kevin Arnovitz: LeBron James spent very little time moving downhill during Sunday’s Game 1 defeat. The 90 points were the fewest they’ve had in a game with James and Davis this season and the third fewest in any game dating back to last season. It’s the largest differential ever for a winning team in a playoff game, according to ESPN Stats.

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