Embiid in starting lineup for 76ers in Game 1 against Nets

Rex Christensen
April 16, 2019

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, top, of Cameroon, blocks the shot by Brooklyn Nets' DeMarre Carroll, right, during the second half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Philadelphia.

It's been a tough Game 1 for the Philadelphia 76ers in their first-round matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. That changed on Saturday when Embiid was cleared to play in the game.

Simmons had nine points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Joel Embiid - who struggled with knee soreness and played limited minutes - had 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Johnson was caught by TV cameras sitting on the bench and scrolling through his phone late in the fourth quarter and the Sixers down 16 points.

"It's completely unacceptable and we will deal with it internally, very soon", Brown said.

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Simmons had a message for fans during his postgame availability, telling them "if you're going to boo, stay on that side".

Embiid said Johnson was just checking on his sick daughter, according to a report from The Athletic. The Sixers won that first game without him.

While most fans didn't expect the Nets to be competing for a spot in the playoffs, the 76ers were seen as one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference with LeBron James leaving for the Los Angeles Lakers. Dinwiddie and DeMarre Carroll hit consecutive 3s during a 12-0 run. Not to mention Jimmy Butler, his notoriously competitive teammate. This is the epitome of spoiled, and 76ers fans really ought to know better. "I'm focused on the Brooklyn Nets".

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