Embiid said after the game that Johnson's daughter is sick and they were just getting an update on her. "I also apologize to my teammates, the 76ers organization and the fans for the distraction this has caused".
Embiid and Johnson's use of the phone on the bench spoke to the level of seriousness and focus the Sixers players brought to this game.
Sixers general manager Elton Brand said the team has fined Johnson for detrimental conduct. While there are plenty of things to take away from the game, much of the attention in the immediate aftermath came from Sixers center Amir Johnson pulling out his phone and showing Joel Embiid a text on the bench.
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A witness tried to stop him, and officers soon after apprehended and arrested the Minneapolis man in the mall's transit station. The complaint says Aranda approached a woman who was waiting for the restaurant to open and asked her to buy him something.
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Brett Brown said Johnson's actions were "completely unacceptable".
"We'll adjust if he doesn't play", Atkinson said.
Embiid, who appeared in only 31 games over his first two National Basketball Association seasons due to multiple injuries, averaged 27.5 points and 13.6 rebounds over 64 appearances this season.