NBA playoffs 2019: Joel Embiid addresses cell phone incident during Game 1 loss

By Thomas Lott 14 April 2019 735
NBA playoffs 2019: Joel Embiid addresses cell phone incident during Game 1 loss

This is not a good look for a team that was losing at home in the first round of the playoffs.

Joel Embiid was caught along with teammate Amir Johnson looking at what appeared to be Johnson's phone on the bench during Game 1 on Saturday.

The pair appeared to be looking at a text message.

The 76ers were losing to the Nets at home at the time, so this is not an ideal thing to be caught on camera.

Embiid said Johnson was just checking on his sick daughter, according to a report from The Athletic.

After the contest, 76ers coach Brett Brown commented on the situation, telling reporters "it's completely unacceptable."

"It's completely unacceptable and we will deal with it internally, very soon," Brown said. But it appeared he had not yet spoken to Embiid or Johnson about the situation.

Johnson was inactive for the game. Embiid was doubtful coming into the game with a knee injury, but he ultimately started and played.

He had some good moments (22 points and 15 rebounds), but Philadelphia was minus-17 with him on the floor, so he clearly wasn't perfect which means he probably could have been using his time better than looking at a phone.

We'll see what Jimmy Butler — who called his Timberwolves teammates "soft" before he was traded to the 76ers — has to say if he is asked about this moment.

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