Boston won the first two games of the best-of-seven series handily, but, in Game 3 they were forced to pull out an overtime win, which could be a sign that Philadelphia is going for a major comeback, but, will it be enough? "I think we know if we don't play with the right sense of urgency, we'll get killed".
The Celtics can finish "the process" in Game 4 tomorrow by eliminating a Sixers team that Las Vegas continues to list as the favorite. The Celtics already have a roster to compete, and still might improve anyway. I can throw all the clichés at you that you've probably heard, such as: "You can't win all four games at once", "Take it one game at a time". Philadelphia has seen the over go 4-1 in their last five after an ATS loss. Terry Rozier has roasted Philadelphia's point guards all series long. He's not putting up Kyrie numbers, but he is pretty close to that.
The potential rematch would be missing two players who played vital roles a year ago. People forget that Jaylen Brown is a second year player and that his weakness coming into the draft was his shooting.
"We have nothing to lose", McConnell told TNT after the game.
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Many Sixers fans and media have blamed the team's youth and lack of playoff experience as a reason for its poor play. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 24 points in the win. Hayward was lost for the season within minutes. I would love to see this happen, but I don't see it happening.
The Celtics contain well, but the Sixers have so many options out of that set. Boston has Brad Stevens.
Maybe taking the approach of their unflappable coach, these young Celtics just find a way to block out all the noise. You play [tonight's] game. "These are the kind of moments you want to be in as a basketball player". "Ben's going to learn a lot".
And on the other end of the floor, the Celtics have sapped his rim protection by dragging him out near the perimeter with bigs who can knock down jumpers. He had one good game, scoring 22 points on 8-for-15 shooting in the 108-103 loss in Game 2.
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Golden State's shooting was so bad that they didn't find find the bottom of the net until the 9:45 mark of the first period. Trending today on KRON4 Morning Buzz is the Warriors looking to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Marco Belinelli, playing the part of locker room psychologist amid a 3-0 deficit: "It's not easy, but at the same time this series is not over".
The Sixers now face the daunting task of trying to do what no other team has ever done: Rally out of a 3-0 hole. McConnell into the starting lineup in place of forward Robert Covington. They were unable to do so last round against the Bucks when they went to Milwaukee for Game 6, setting up a winner-takes-all Game 7 in Boston.
During Boston's off-day practice Sunday on the campus of Temple University, Tatum laughed off the trash talk and detailed his relationship with Embiid while recounting the play. Boston have been mostly content with leaving Aron Baynes or Al Horford in single coverage against him and living with post-up after post-up. Worst case, they need to turn every game into a run and gun shootout.
"He's got guts", Stevens said of Tatum after Game 3. Coach Brown tried Dario Saric and Ben Simmons, but Tatum was still able to elevate and capitalize on mid-range jumpers. Like there's a breaking point we all have and I believe that if we can maintain our spirit, why couldn't we be the one and I mean that. The rest of the story is that they needed 53. Harden is one of the most exciting players to watch in the entire National Basketball Association and has lifted his game in this years' postseason. "You move on. It slows the game down a lot but you move on". At the end of the day, the players are the ones who have to do what the coach says.
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Riley: After Cleveland dropped their playoff opener to IN, we were just trying to figure out if James would make it out the first round. They are the ones who have chose to play with intensity and they also make sure to slow down the tempo.
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