The Philadelphia 76ers took a gut punch in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, taking a 111-102 loss at home, where they were fervently booed throughout the course of the game.
Jimmy Butler’s game-high 36 points weren’t enough to catch up to the Nets, and neither was his impactful play on defense, pulling down nine rebounds, getting two steals and blocking two shots in 39 minutes of action.
“I mean, I think I can score the ball pretty decent,” Butler told reporters when asked about his afternoon, according to Moke Hamilton of Sixers Wire. “The thing that bothered me most though, tell you the truth, is the fact I didn’t have a single assist.”
Butler prides himself in being a well-rounded player and doing whatever it takes to win, but the Sixers just weren’t connecting from the outside as they usually would.