Game of Phones: 76ers get blown call on bench in blowout

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 14, 2019 07:14 AM
Game of Phones: 76ers get blown call on bench in blowout
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown, left, and Joel Embiid, right, of Cameroon, look up at the scoreboard during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Nets won 111-102. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — How’s this for a blown call: Amir Johnson was busted showing Philadelphia 76ers All-Star teammate Joel Embiid his cell phone on the bench late in a Game 1 playoff loss.

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. Johnson showed Embiid whatever message was on the phone and then slid it into his warmup pants pocket.

“I just looked down because he said his daughter was extremely sick and he was checking on her,” Embiid said.

Sixers coach Brett Brown called Johnson’s actions “completely unacceptable.”

“It’s not something that we are about,” Brown said.

Brown said he would deal with Johnson but declined to address any specific discipline.

Johnson was inactive. Embiid scored 22 points and had 15 rebounds.

The Nets beat the Sixers 111-102 in Game 1.

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