Johnson busted with cell in game, fined by 76ers

Joel Embiid At Risk Of Missing Game 1 Of The NBA Playoffs: Report

The Philadelphia 76ers have enough to worry about in terms of strategy and execution after their stunning 111-102 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in Game 1 of the teams' first-round series.

Johnson was inactive. Embiid, who was listed as doubtful heading into the game, started and had 22 points and 15 rebounds.

However, one of the biggest talking points actually happened on the sideline.

Embiid has always fancied himself a 3-point shooter and with tendinitis in his left knee that cost him most of the final month of the season rendering him immobile he made a decision to camp out a bit more beyond the arc. The Eastern Conference finals is the goal, and they can't beat the best teams in the East without a healthy Joel Embiid.

"It's completely unacceptable and we will deal with it internally, very soon", Brown said. Game 2 is on Monday. "They [the medical staff] are going to do whatever they can as far as getting me ready, but if my body doesn't respond based on the pain level, there is really nothing you can do".

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Television cameras caught Amir Johnson and Joel Embiid reading a text message on the bench, which led to a prompt fine for Johnson by the Sixers (Embiid explained that Johnson's daughter was sick and he was receiving updates). Without him, the Sixers might simply not be able to keep up with the Nets' offense.

Embiid was questionable heading into Game 1 with a knee injury, but he was a late addition to the lineup.

"[General manager] Sean Marks has done a great job and Kenny's done a great job with players he's been provided", Sixers coach Brett Brown said.

We'll see what Jimmy Butler - who called his Timberwolves teammates "soft" before he was traded to the 76ers - has to say if he is asked about this moment. This is the playoffs, I expect him to play.

Philly, we need to talk.

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