While Miami had little option but to rough the Sixers up to slow them down, Boston, with the third-best defensive rating in the National Basketball Association, has players capable of defending without gimmicks.
Brown was at the Celtics practice facility Sunday for the team's film session, but did not speak to the media. "I can read going off the pick and roll, and how can I be better and set-up my teammates and stuff". The rested 76ers are at -200 on the moneyline for several books with the points total at 205 for the game.
After winning 52 games including their final 16 of the regular season, the 76ers entered the playoffs looking like a viable threat to LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
Plus, veteran guard Marcus Smart's return from thumb surgery gave Boston a big boost over the past three games. He is the first one with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in a postseason game since Allen Iverson in 2001. After a missed three by Antoine Walker, AI sealed the win with 1.6 seconds to go by making two free-throws. "If it takes for us to go back and forth, jaw back and forth, battle, push each other, that's part of the game". That's when Pierce really got going.
The Sixers temporarily lost their home-court advantage when they dropped Game 2 to the Heat.
Playing in place of Irving, Rozier picked up where he left off in the first round by scoring 10 points and six assists in the first quarter on Monday night. The NBA's active career leader in 3-point field goals will be 41 when the next season tips off in October.
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According to Stevens, Celtics guard Jaylen Brown is "doubtful" for Game 1 against the 76ers with a hamstring injury he sustained in the first half of Game 7 against the Bucks.
Rondo being Rondo. Well, actually, Rondo being "Playoff Rondo". With JJ Redick offering the outside shooting touch to compliment Simmons and Embiid dominating inside, there many be no slowing down this squad until they reach the NBA Finals.
"It's been great to see Jayson and Terry and just our guys play like that", Horford said. Philly won 82-81 behind 18 points from Holiday but head coach Doug Collins deserved more credit than anyone.
The two embraced afterward, putting an end to the round's greatest feud. Philly was daring him to shoot...so he did...and he was feelin' it. However, the Celtics second unit needs to be aware of the Sixers bench players as well. While the 76ers played better than anyone thought, they weren't able to build off their performance in the following season. The 76ers could possibly sneak into the playoffs but they wouldn't be looked at as a real threat.
How They Got Here: Boston beat No. 7 Milwaukee 4-3, and Philadelphia beat No. 6 Miami 4-1. Philly, well, they chose to "Trust the Process" and bailed on Doug Collins a year later.
The Celtics are hurting mightily, probably the biggest difference between this team and the 2012 team, as age back then was by far more of a factor than whether or not their players were healthy.