In the end, I think we just gotta do better. If Butler can bring the same energy and intensity he had on Sunday morning for Game 2 of the series, expect Philadelphia to tie things back up at 1-1.
And Sky Sports have live coverage of the 76ers vs Nets game, starting at 7.30pm BST on on Saturday. He said he was trying to get his wind back too, after sitting most of the past week and a half.
Philadelphia may have to cope without Joel Embiid, who has been battling a sore left knee ever since the All-Star break. Without him, the Sixers might simply not be able to keep up with the Nets' offense.
There will be plenty to talk about from the game, including the poor performances from some of the Sixers' stars, notably Ben Simmons, who finished with just nine points and seven rebounds. And Davis added 12 points and 16 rebounds, his energy making Embiid look lethargic at times.More news: Trump to award Woods Medal of Freedom
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The Sixers were without Embiid to start their first-round series against the Miami Heat a year ago, too, as he recovered from a facial injury.
It's a long series and despite giving up home-court advantage, Butler showed that he can be the dynamic player Philadelphia is hoping he'll be for their playoff run. "Now that we've attracted them into our system, we're going to work really hard at keeping them around for a while", Josh Harris said. He entered halftime shooting 1-for-9 from the field, including 0-for-5 from 3-point range.
Simmons had a message for fans during his postgame availability, telling them "if you're going to boo, stay on that side". "That's how I feel". But there's angst in the air in Philadelphia.
Philly fans are still waiting on that start.