Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers: Three Thoughts After Game Two


The Sixers' point guard and emerging NBA star scored just one point in his team's 108-103 loss to the Celtics that sent Philadelphia into a 2-0 hole in an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Six Celtics score more than 13 points, with Tatum leading the way with 21 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and from three, to go along with a pair of rebounds and a pair of assists.

There's been a lot of hand-wringing about his brutal performance in the last 24 hours, with some critics wondering whether the basketball media has perhaps been too hasty in anointing him a superstar. There isn't a scenario where the Philadelphia 76ers can allow 15 threes per-game and also win the series.

Jaylen Brown's status was upgraded from 'doubtful" to "probable, ' after missing Game 1 with a right hamstring strain.

J.J. Redick had 23 points for the 76ers, making five 3-pointers.

Simmons had such a rough night that there was controversy around coach Brett Brown's decision to insert him back into the lineup for the final stretch, instead of leaning on back-up T.J. McConnell. Al Horford is averaging 18.4 points and 8.9 rebounds while Terry Rozier is averaging 19.1 points and 6.9 assists. I've chose to do it because there's continuation of growth of a whole year, there is a little bit of physicality element that we felt in the Miami game. The 76ers had only 14 free throw attempts, converting 10, and won the rebounding battle 49-41 in the contest. But the 76ers cannot afford many more bad games from Simmons or a once-promising season could end in frustrating fashion. Brown immediately scooped up a loose ball and threw down a jam to get the crowd on their feet.

The Celtics have formed a new look big three with some greatness contributions from the supporting cast.

Redick's hot start combined with all the other contributions enabled the Sixers to take a 31-22 lead after one quarter. The Celtics have never lost a best-of-seven playoff series after winning the first two games.

"I wanted to play last game, but you don't want to risk something where you'll be out for the whole series". Robert Covington had 22 points and Joel Embiid scored 20, but it wasn't enough for the 76ers to overcome the Celtics.

The Celtics guard had 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, proving to be instrumental to Boston's comeback. At home, the Celtics have a 10.8 net rating, in comparison to their -17.3 net rating on the road. Let's just say things didn't go so well for Hart and his beloved Sixers. Philly's Marcus Morris provided solid man-to-man defense, which gave Simmons a tough time penetrating. "If he's not, then we'll know early". I feel like you're going to see a different team tonight.

3-Point Goals-Cleveland 11-26 (Green 4-6, Smith 2-3, Love 2-6, Korver 1-2, James 1-3, Clarkson 1-4, Hill 0-2), Toronto 12-30 (VanVleet 4-7, Lowry 3-6, Miles 2-2, Wright 1-2, Brown 1-2, Anunoby 1-3, Powell 0-1, Ibaka 0-1, Valanciunas 0-1, DeRozan 0-5).