Boston Celtics defeat Milwaukee Bucks, take on Philadelphia 76ers for round two
May 02 2018 by Dustin Murphy
Despite the wretched-looking three-point attempts and blown jump shots, Smart was one of the most important players on the floor for extended pieces of the contest. As the Celtics and Rozier finally managed to defeat Bledsoe and the Bucks in seven games. what does this mean for the beef between this two? Even with a heavy mask protecting his injured orbital bone under his eye, Embiid played at an All-Star level. Ben Simmons had a brilliant series as he averaged 18 points, ten rebounds, and nine assists to lead the team.
And while the Sixers have their process, the Celts have some "trust" issues of their own that will be among the keys to this series.
The Celtics held Milwaukee's star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo to zero fast-break points in game seven of their series.
The Boston Celtics go into their second round series facing the hottest team in the National Basketball Association.
With Hayward and Irving watching from the bench area in street clothes, Horford made 13 of his 17 shot attempts and scored 26 points to tie Terry Rozier for the team lead.
The result was a comfortable 112-96 win for the Celtics in Game 7 Saturday night in Boston.
Freshness factor - The Sixers will obviously be the much fresher team coming into this Game 1 after close to a full week off.
It makes one think of Sixers guard Andrew Toney, nicknamed the "Boston Strangler", because he played so well against the Celtics.
Mostly kidding, although if things go poorly for the Celtics, it might help fans cope if these comparisons are something they can point to. But at least they will be at home, where they are a flawless 4-0 in these playoffs. As a defender, Brown is one of Boston's best at closing out to the 3-point line and rotating quickly, given his athleticism. The Sixers were literally just 12 minutes from taking that game on the road before Boston stormed back to shut the door on the series. Then it was up to Boston, and the Cs, -8, picked up another W and cover in a 108-97 win. Still, he hasn't let that impact his defensive effort.
"A lot of the guys in the locker room have never been in game sevens". In Embiid's last visit to Boston, he had 26 points, 16 boards, and six assists. Now they'll turn their attention to Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and another young team against Philadelphia.
"Man, that was special", Rozier said.
So while the Celtics can't cheat for steals and the like and get caught out of position, they need to be alert and very opportunistic in this series. And veterans such as Ilyasova, Marco Belinelli and JJ Redick are there to provide support. Two more Celtics finished in double figures with rookie star Jayson Tatum chipping in 20 points and 5 assists and Marcus Morris contributing 10 points and 4 boards. Brown is questionable to paly tonight and Larkin definitely will have a bigger role if he can't play. He's looked every bit the part of a capable starting point guard in this league and has even shown superstar tendencies.