Embiid said Johnson received an update on a sick daughter. I think that we're capable of winning [without him].
Sixers coach Brett Brown expects Simmons to bounce back on Monday. "We got great minds behind it", Russell said.
Butler kept the Sixers in the game with a sensational first half that showed why the franchise surrendered so much to land the four-time All-Star. Ed Davis came of the bench to add 12 points and 16 rebounds in a surprise performance. 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.
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It includes many of his longtime allies and members of Fatah, though several smaller factions are also represented. Hamas said in a statement that the new government "resorts to unilateralism and monopoly of power".
"I'll point exclusively to fatigue", Brown said.
The Sixers made the easy call and fined Johnson an unspecified amount for conduct detrimental to the team.
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. Then again, there's a chance he doesn't. Simmons had just nine points and was an abysmal 1-for-5 from the charity stripe. "They [the medical staff] are going to do whatever they can as far as getting me ready, but if my body doesn't respond based on the pain level, there is really nothing you can do". That is how I feel. "If you're a Sixers fan and you're going to boo, then stay on that side". But there's angst in the air in Philadelphia.
"Let's start by beating the Nets", he said.
Philly fans are still waiting on that start.