Philadelphia 76ers: 3 takeaways from Game 2 vs. Celtics

07 May, 2018, 00:40 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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He walked the streets downtown and later found himself soaking up the history that clings to the championship banners swaying above the TD Garden court.

"I think everybody knows the opportunity we have here", Simmons said.

The Celtics jumped out to a 1-0 series lead over the 76ers following Monday night's 117-101 win at the TD Garden in the opener of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the NBA Playoffs. Jaylen Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Jayson Tatum is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. There is a lot of basketball that needs to be played, but the Celtics now know what they need to expect from the players remaining on the roster, instilling a confidence that very few thought was possible before this series.

BC-BKN-76ers-Celtics, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 794 Tatum shines, Brown returns as Celtics beat 76ers 108-103AP Photo MAEA110, MAEA101, MAEA102, MAEA103, MAEA104, MAEA105, MAEA106, MAEA107, MAEA108, MAEA109, MAEA114, MAEA113, MAEA112Eds: Celtics 108, Celtics 103. Tatum has been a revelation on a team battered by injuries.

Simmons has been terrific in his first postseason as he averaged 18.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 9.0 assists in the first-round series against the Miami Heat. "I have no complaints", he said. Embiid and Simmons are already playing big roles in the postseason.

Fultz is not having almost as much fun.

It's not uncommon for the best players to have bad shooting nights, but taking just four attempts shows that he was possibly reluctant to take them. I'd be really surprised if you don't. "They definitely punched us in the mouth in the beginning of the game and we just had to bounce back and get things together". "That's all I'm about". The Celtics wound the clock down before Al Horford drove to the cup and made it a two possession game with 8.3 seconds left. But it wasn't until the final night of the season that he provided his best example to date of the potential that the Sixers spent so much capital to draft.


Brown, who came off the Celtics' bench for the first time this season, had 13 points and four rebounds in a little less than 25 minutes of action. Philadelphia shot 43.5 percent from the floor in Game 2 and went 13 of 33 from three point range.

But that was when they had Kyrie Irving, whom they could usually count on to hit a number of big baskets and play a big part of any comeback.

Philadelphia's poor play apparently didn't sit with coach Brett Brown, either.

The key is that these guys know what they need to do and know how to do it. "There are times that you for sure think about it". And I've made a decision.

Justin Anderson could be an X-factor for the 76ers. "I just want to be able to be out there and be physical for us", Anderson said, "and do what I do best, I guess". I think, mentally, I was thinking too much, over-thinking the plays. The 76ers are putting up no such resistance to the Celtics, and their top players are blowing away expectations, and changing the way this Celtics team should be evaluated.

"I love what I do", Tatum said.

It's a feeling that, for now at least, Fultz has only gotten in a small dose. And every game I play, I feel that I have an advantage.

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