After being limited to 24 minutes in the Philadelphia 76ers' Game 1 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, All-Star center Joel Embiid -- a gametime decision heading into Monday's action -- will return to the starting lineup for Game 2.
Embiid produced a staggering line, given the relatively brief appearance -- dropping 22 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and five blocks -- but struggled to truly impact the action. That allowed Brooklyn to successfully focus their efforts on limiting Tobias Harris and J.J. Redick, which short-circuited the usually effective 76ers offense.
On the opposite bench, the Nets will be missing reserve swingman Jared Dudley, whose crucial contributions to the opening upset went well beyond the box score.
Guarded by Dudley in Game 1— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) April 15, 2019
Ben Simmons 2 pts on 22 possessions
Mike Scott 0 pts on 11 possessions
Boban Marjanovic 0 pts on 7 poss
Joel Embiid 0 pts on 3 poss
Total: 2 pts on 43 possessions
Tough loss for Brooklyn https://t.co/RvsONKpyXA
Dudley played 27 minutes, producing four points, four assists and a steal.