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

Florence Fletcher
April 16, 2019

On Saturday afternoon, the National Basketball Association playoffs kicked off with a matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets.

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".

The boos rained down early and often Saturday on the Sixers, who outside of Jimmy Butler played a game largely on Brooklyn's terms. Embiid is averaging 27.5 points and 11.1 rebounds.

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

"We've got the right pieces to keep it going", Russell said. If Butler can bring the same energy and intensity he had on Sunday morning for Game 2 of the series, expect Philadelphia to tie things back up at 1-1.

Simmons also blasted the 20,437 Sixers fans for booing the team for most of the game.

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Sixers general manager Elton Brand said the team has fined Johnson for detrimental conduct.

Embiid was introduced to a roaring standing ovation and heard chants of "MVP!" and "Trust the Process" when he opened the game with two free throws. Ed Davis came of the bench to add 12 points and 16 rebounds in a surprise performance.

Brett Brown's comments that Joel Embiid may or may not be ready for Game 1 slipped under the radar amid the chaos of Wednesday night's league-wide playoff implications, but I was certainly aware. This is the epitome of spoiled, and 76ers fans really ought to know better. I've never said anything about them.

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

Well, the Brooklyn Nets have done the unthinkable.

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