The Eastern Conference semifinals get a change of venue as a pair of Atlantic Division rivals take the hardwood in the City of Brotherly Love.
If you look at the way the Sixers and Celtics are now put together, the rivalry could really take off in the coming years.
I believe the Sixers will win Game Three, and I'm not ready to give up on their winning the series. While that pattern would prove beneficial to the Celtics again in this series as they have home court advantage, you'd like to think they'd like to have a little more wiggle room than a victor take all situation like they had with Milwaukee.
For roughly the first 20 minutes of Thursday's game at TD Garden, the Boston Celtics looked like they didn't belong on the same floor as the Philadelphia 76ers. That being said, if the 76ers do not find a way to contain and disrupt these players, while also thinking about accounting for Brown if he comes back at 100 percent, they will not get back into this series.
Philadelphia watched a 22-point first-half lead dissipate, as the Celtics fed off the energy of their home crowd.
The Sixers appeared to regain control halfway through the fourth with a five-point lead before Rozier scored eight and dished a big assist on a Jayson Tatum jam in a telling 16-4 blitz down the stretch to take back the lead, 104-97, with a less than two minutes left.
What head coach Brad Stevens and his Boston Celtics are doing right now is truly incredible.
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Simmons had an embarrassing game in the Sixers' 108-103 loss.
Philly will need him back to his best and to be dominating all aspects of the game in his usual manner if they are to overcome this 0-2 hole. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow, and we'll go from there".
The Sixers' three-point shooting, while improved in Game Two, still isn't where it's been during the regular season.
Covington 8-15 2-2 22, Saric 4-13 4-4 14, Embiid 8-22 3-6 20, Simmons 0-4 1-2 1, Redick 9-17 0-0 23, Ilyasova 2-6 0-0 4, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, McConnell 4-4 0-0 8, Belinelli 5-11 0-0 11.
For Philly, JJ Redick led the way with 23 points along with three rebounds and two assists.
"Defensively, we were trash", Embiid, who had 31 points, 13 rebounds and five assists on Monday, said. Joel Embiid finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, but rookie star Ben Simmons missed all four shots and had just one point. "And I'm going back with Ben Simmons".
Philadelphia's poor play apparently didn't sit with coach Brett Brown, either. The 76ers' lone loss in the first round came here in Game 2 to Miami but they can ill afford a home defeat at this point, trailing 2-0. Boston has a world of confidence after their comeback win but the question will remain whether they can come up with a win on the road after they failed in three opportunities against Milwaukee in the opening round. Here's a look at three takeaways from their Game 2 performance against the Celtics.
Game 2 brought up some serious questions, some we weren't contemplating earlier and some that we still don't have the answers too. No matter how good a player is, though, off nights are going to happen-and the point guard realizes that.