Philadelphia may have to cope without Joel Embiid, who has been battling a sore left knee ever since the All-Star break.
However, one of the biggest talking points actually happened on the sideline.
Johnson was inactive. Embiid scored 22 points and had 15 rebounds.
Things don't get much easier as they prepare to play the mighty Sixers in the first round, but throughout the season, these teams are evenly matched.
During a replay of Embiid on the bench, he was caught looking at his cell phone with backup center Amir Johnson.
"It's not something that we are about", he said.
At least there's always Game 2, right?
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. Unfortunately, a hobbled Joel Embiid will also have to deal with non-basketball related fallout from Saturday's contest, too. Ed Davis came of the bench to add 12 points and 16 rebounds in a surprise performance.
After the contest, 76ers coach Brett Brown commented on the situation, telling reporters "it's completely unacceptable".
"If you're going to boo, then stay on that side", he said.
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.
Well, the Brooklyn Nets have done the unthinkable. I've never said anything about them.
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