The first playoff game of the Process Era was a rousing success.
The Sixers played so well in the second half that fans in the Wells Fargo Center didn’t even have to really sweat. It was a playoff victory party and everybody in the building was loving it.
That includes The Phantom of the Process, the bell-ringer on the evening, one Joel Embiid.
Nothing captured the mood of the night better than Jo, Justin, and Cov’s reaction below. I believe it was after that wild, off-balance Marco Bellinelli three.
— Charlotte (@SnowmanEmbiid) April 15, 2018
Brett Brown said it before the game: “This place is gonna blow up tonight.” And boy did it.
“Just incredible. The start of the game, you feel it. Joel goes out and rings the bell and you feel it,” Brown said of the crowd’s energy. “The Philadelphia fans, apart from the vocal side and the volume, there’s this complete passion. Sometimes I glance up into the crowd and you just see it.”
The loudest moment I experienced from high in the rafters was Ben Simmons’ monster slam. The entire Wells Fargo Center went bonkers.
GET OUT OF THIS MANS WAY.
Simmons with the absolute monster of a slam. Sixers up, 81-70. pic.twitter.com/tdfaII9Roj
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) April 15, 2018
Ben gave a special shoutout to the fans tailgating.
“It was amazing,” Simmons said of the Philly faithful. “Them tailagaiting before the game, the atmosphere was insane amazing. Philly has some of the best fans in the NBA.”
JJ Redick said the second half, with the Sixers hitting shots and crowd getting into it, is the kind of thing a player dreams about.
“The crowd gave me goosebumps. As a basketball player, you dream about those moments,” Redick said.
But he also said it was just one win. This team wants more. And boy are they fun to watch.
Here’s a fun little video of the pregame vibe in Philly:
— Enrico (@The700Level) April 15, 2018