After disjointed Game 1 loss, Sixers are feeling the pressure

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				Ben Simmons and Caris Le Vert			Getty Images Robert Sabo

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It's been a tough Game 1 for the Philadelphia 76ers in their first-round matchup against the Brooklyn Nets.

Russell got the first win of his playoff career and the last laugh, scoring 14 points in the third quarter and leading the Nets to one of the biggest wins since they moved to Brooklyn. If Embiid isn't giving them 27 and 13, the team isn't good enough to win.

The Sixers trailed by 17, missed 22 of 25 3-pointers and played more like the castoffs of the early Process days under Brown than a team expected to contend for an Eastern Conference championship.

Who knows what the Sixers used a phone for-benchwarmer Amir Johnson appeared to show Embiid a text when they sat on the bench and the Sixers down 16 in the fourth.

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

"I'm fine", Embiid said after the game, even though he admitted he did away with the brace the team fashioned for his left leg because it made his calf and tibia feel sore. The Sixers won that first game without him.

After the contest, 76ers coach Brett Brown commented on the situation, telling reporters "it's completely unacceptable". Dinwiddie and DeMarre Carroll hit consecutive 3s during a 12-0 run.

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. Team owner Josh Harris said both players could be re-signed. "I'm focused on the Brooklyn Nets". I've never said anything about them.

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