Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Celtics take Game 1 vs. 76ers

Celtics take Game 1 vs. 76ers

The other Eastern Conference series, No. 1 Toronto versus No. 4 Cleveland, kicks off Tuesday night. They had plenty of time to prepare having eliminated the Miami Heat nearly a week ago.

Ho-hum, just another injury for the Celtics to overcome.

The Sixers will look to even the series when they visit the Celtics in Game 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday.

The threes weren't falling last night for the Sixers, but it was their lack of consistency on the defensive side of the ball that doomed them. Golden State leads that series, 1-0. The Celtics made it their mission to keep Simmons out of transition as much as possible.

Simmons, who was drafted two years ago but missed all of last season through injury, has been the centre of a fierce debate about his rookie status - and whether he deserves to be named rookie of the year ahead of Utah's Donovan Mitchell, who was drafted this year.

The Sixers were led by center Joel Embiid, who notched 31 points and 13 rebounds, while veteran guard J.J.

But Boston's own rookie outplayed Simmons in just about every way. Pretty good company for the 20-year-old.

The Celtics were always in control in Monday's 117-101 victory in front of a delirious home crowd in Boston's TD Garden. Yes, he's having some fun with the Bledsoe thing, but he's still locked in and making a huge impact for Boston.

"There's a deep history between the two teams". He spent the second half of that game riding an exercise bike. Boston led 87-70 in the final minute of the third quarter when Philadelphia scored nine straight points to make it a nine-point game.

He also has some pretty sweet kicks. Rozier's 29 was joined by rookie Jayson Tatum (28) and Al Horford (26). Horford did what he and the Celtics did all night and buried the shot.

Marcus Smart. Many people love him.

But the man makes winning plays and that's just a fact that is getting harder and harder to deny. Philadelphia shot the ball poorly (42.2%) and was terrible from three (5-for-26). They overreacted to drives and overhelped in the post (you probably don't need to double Morris!), which played right into Boston's hands.

Philadelphia shot 5-26 from three, while their undermanned opponents exploded on 17-36 shots. Marco Belinelli wasn't too bad as he finished with 11 points, but the team needs him to lift with Robert Covington's shooting struggles continuing.

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