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

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

The Philadelphia 76ers entered the playoffs with some high expectations and they laid an egg falling to the Brooklyn Nets in Game 1 111-102 at home.

Jonah Bolden is listed as questionable for the opener after experiencing left knee soreness, though Jimmy Butler is set to play after missing four of the past six games with a back injury. Johnson showed Embiid whatever message was on the phone and then slid it into the pocket of his warmup trousers.

To make matters worse, Joel Embiid and Amir Johnson appeared to be looking at texts on the bench during the fourth quarter of the contest. "I also apologize to my teammates, the 76ers organization and the fans for the distraction this has caused".

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ESPN's Bobby Marks pointed out that using a cell phone on the bench is not allowed, and could lead to a substantial fine or suspension as it is a violation of the NBA Operations Manual. "We are moving forward together with our full focus now on Game 2".

Sixers coach Brett Brown called Johnson's actions "completely unacceptable".

Brown said he would deal with Johnson, but he declined to address any specific discipline. This season, Embiid is averaging 27.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.