Game of Phones: 76ers get blown call on bench in blowout

Retooled star-rich Sixers face challenge from Nets

Amir Johnson was busted for showing Philadelphia 76ers All-Star teammate Joel Embiid his cellphone on the bench late in a Game 1 playoff loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, leading to a fine from the team and an apology from the veteran center.

Even before the No. 6-seeded Nets upset the No. 3-seeded Sixers, a Brooklyn player told ESPN before the game that he liked his team's chances because, "All the pressure's on them".

Joel Embiid had 22 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks despite severe knee soreness while Sixers veteran Jimmy Butler led the team with 36 points.

3-point shooting is one of the biggest reasons why the Nets are now up 1-0 in the series. He's averaging 27.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game this season and has the ability to dominate games.

"I'll be shocked if you don't see a different Ben Simmons in game two", Brown said. "We are moving forward together with our full focus now on Game 2".

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Butler kept the Sixers in the game with a sensational first half that showed why the franchise surrendered so much to land the four-time All-Star.

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

Embiid said the voracious booing that was largely absent during the dark days of the Sixers 10-win season was tough to hear. Guys like DeMarre Carroll, who is going to be an asset in the playoffs, and Kenneth Faried, (remember him) were shipped to Brooklyn so their former teams can make a playoff run without worrying about the cap hits. 'Ah, my knee hurts, ' and then, the guy gets 50 on you...

Philadelphia: City of Brotherly boos. This is the epitome of spoiled, and 76ers fans really ought to know better.

"We think he's the right leader to take us where we need to go in the playoffs", Harris said.

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