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Celtics exercising caution with Jaylen Brown

06 May 2018

But back-to-back 3-pointers by Rozier and Marcus Morris helped Boston reclaim a four-point advantage, and Rozier's lob to Jayson Tatum with 2:23 almost tore the roof off the TD Garden. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 41.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49.1 rebounds per game.

Rookie Jaylen Brown, who has been in and out of action with a hamstring injury, came off the bench on Thursday and scored 13 points, contributing to a remarkable turnaround. The way the crowd got behind us before the half - that last five minutes, man.

The Celtics trailed by as much as 22 points, 48-26, with 6:20 left to play in the first half before rallying.

Philadelphia's Game 1 loss could have been partially attributed to rust as they had been off for almost a week after dispatching the Heat in five games while Boston went right to the wire to knock out the Bucks. They are playing with a togetherness that very few teams find and it has resulted in a 2-0 series lead against a team that many thought would knock them out of the playoffs.

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Early on, however, he and the Celtics watched the Sixers get out to a comfortable lead.

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.

"But Tatum has been awesome, it just seems as though when you get a player who can raise the level of their game at playoff time, you've got somebody special". It was the first tie of the game since the opening bucket of the game. At some point, we have to give them credit, right? It set up a thrilling back-and-fourth final frame that saw four lead changes.

Meanwhile the Celtics struggled offensively out of the gate, only finally finding a solution to the Sixers' redoubled efforts on defense late in the second quarter. "He was a big reason why that game ebbed back towards them". We were playing really well and had a big lead but there was still 31 minutes left to play or whatever it was when we were up by 20. Marcus Smart scored 19 points and both Al Horford and Jaylen Brown chipped in 13 points to the win.

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The Celtics responded by ending the half on a 25-8 run. Boston's Jayson Tatum was fouled on the ensuing possession, coming out of a timeout.

The Sixers cut the lead to three with about 30 seconds to go in the game, and strangely the Sixers opted to not foul. (Redick) back into the game in the second period. Simmons ended the game with a plus-minus of minus-23, while McConnell was a team-best plus-16. Dario Saric (14) and Marco Belinelli (11) were also in double figures for the Sixers. The Celtics are sticking with the same starting five they used in Game 1, with Marcus Smart starting alongside Terry Rozier in the backcourt.

Did third-year guard Terry Rozier continue his hot streak? Yes. Boston went 0-3 on the road against the Bucks, and with the Sixers thirsty to capture their first win in three tries, Brown has has to make the proper adjustments to give his team a fighting chance to turn the series around.

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Celtics exercising caution with Jaylen Brown