Boston Celtics: 3 Advantages to pulling off the sweep


If Simmons loses the Rookie of the Year Award to the Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell next month it could be the Australian's cool demeanour with the press that costs him as much as the controversy about his 2016/17 season off with injury.

Celtics fans can be mad about the call if they want - McConnell appeared to wrap Tatum's arm up, and Tatum got called for trying to free himself - but that's a Marcus Smart special.

The Celtics have taken each of the first three games versus the 76ers straight up as underdogs, and they have also won six of the past seven meetings SU and against the spread dating back to the regular season, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

The Celtics built a mighty, 3-0 lead against the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals as they prevailed through a tense and dramatic final few minutes of regulation and overtime on Saturday. Philadelphia saw Simmons make crucial mistakes with the game hanging in the balance in Game 3.

Belinelli opened OT with a 23-footer and Redick followed with a 3 that appeared to take him off the hook. "I mean, it was right on the cusp of - I don't know the exact timing - somewhere between 18 and 25 (seconds)".

"I think the biggest thing is you're just focused on Monday", Boston coach Brad Stevens said.

"Walk off 3. I thought it was". It's a great opportunity for me. The building still rattled with energy after a frenetic finish to the fourth quarter.

The Philadelphia 76ers need a victory here to save their season and force a game five on Wednesday. The cannon spewed confetti everywhere. The Celtics might have broken the Sixers' spirit in Game 3. And Wells Fargo Center went silent after the final horn. It's worth wondering whether there's a health issue, but it's excellent news for the Celtics if yet another Sixers defender is struggling.

These Celtics are simply unfazed when presented with these sort of obstacles. We just stayed with it. "Honestly, I wanted to start quicker".

In the series - which went the full seven games - IN held the Cavs to a highly impressive 94.9 points per game. "I didn't care about the confetti". However, that is okay because this team will get better next year.

Of course, slowing down LeBron is a lot different than slowing down a wide-eyed rookie like Simmons. "A lot of stuff happened". Rozier has become a revelation in the playoffs by admirably filling in for All-Star guard Kyrie Irving. We've always believed in the next guy up and we always believed in each other. The most obvious one is that you can never take anything for granted, and never want to give the 76ers any more hope in this series, no matter how bad it might look right now. However, the best part of Brad Stevens is that he is able to get the best out of his players every night. "Think about that. Just think about that number". And, more credit goes to Stevens for utilizing the talent he has.

"That's my goal with us". The tipoffs could have been set at 7 and 9:30, but a league spokesman said the National Basketball Association decided that 9:30 is simply too late to start an Eastern Conference semifinal matchup. That's all I know. We've stumbled on an incredibly hard matchup for us, there is no doubt about that.