Joel Embiid Caught on Cell Phone During Playoff Game vs. Nets

Retooled star-rich Sixers face challenge from Nets

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts during a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on October 16, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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

There will be plenty to talk about from the game, including the poor performances from some of the Sixers' stars, notably Ben Simmons, who finished with just nine points and seven rebounds.

In Embiid's place, the Sixers would likely start Boban Marjanovic at center with some combination of Jonah Bolden, Amir Johnson or Greg Monroe coming off the bench at the position. 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.

Embiid said Johnson received an update on a sick daughter.

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Embiid ended up playing only 10 minutes in the first half and the 76ers were outscored by 15 points with him on the court.

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown called Johnson's actions "completely unacceptable". Sure, he could shoot better as the series goes on (as could the Sixers as a whole after they went a paltry 3-for-25 from 3 on Saturday). Dinwiddie and DeMarre Carroll hit consecutive 3s during a 12-0 run.

Nets: C Jarrett Allen was whistled for fouls on Philadelphia's first two possessions. Not to mention Jimmy Butler, his notoriously competitive teammate. Team owner Josh Harris said both players could be resigned. This is the epitome of spoiled, and 76ers fans really ought to know better.

"I'll point exclusively to fatigue", Brown said.

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

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