"[The team is] going to do whatever they can as far as getting me ready and healthy, but if my body doesn't respond based on the pain level, there's really nothing you can do". It didn't even feel that close, as they trailed by as many as 17 and were booed off the court by the home fans who hadn't left early - as a hoard of Philly faithful did with about three minutes to go.
After the game, Embiid told reporters that Johnson had a valid reason as he was checking on the status of his daughter who was "extremely sick".
Sixers owner Josh Harris was very noncommittal on Brown's return for a seventh season on the bench if the team did not make a deep run in the playoffs.
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And Sky Sports have live coverage of the 76ers vs Nets game, starting at 7.30pm BST on on Saturday. In the end, I think we just gotta do better.
Simmons also blasted the 20,437 Sixers fans for booing the team for most of the game. This article will have gone live before Game 1 on Saturday. He scored 22 points-including 12 free throws-and had 15 rebounds. Either way, the faithful fans of Philadelphia will surely have more than a few comments about their star player on a phone during a playoff game.
The Sixers were without Embiid to start their first-round series against the Miami Heat past year, too, as he recovered from a facial injury. "You know. You learn quickly in the NBA Playoffs that the first kind of open look you got, is going probably going to be your best look". I've never said anything about them. LeVert's third 3 in the fourth made it a 16-point game and there was no looking back - at least not for Russell as he raised his arms in celebration as he headed down the tunnel into Brooklyn's locker room.