After Sixers OT loss to Celtics, Embiid wondering where foul calls were
May 07 2018 by Cristina Jennings
The Sixers have lived and died by the three all season. "It's first to four, so we gotta take care of business".
Game time is set for 6 p.m.
The Cavs were written off after a number of ugly losses and close wins in their opening round against the Indiana Pacers.
Boston took the first two games at home, and looked like it had the win in regulation of Game 3 after a disastrous turn of events from the 76ers.
"Everything I'm able to do I've been doing in this series", Embiid said. Stevens lets him do that because he knows that Smart is the team's hustler and will make an impact on both ends of the court without shooting the ball. The Celtics went on the road and, despite a pro-76ers crowd at the Wells Fargo Center, managed to make the critical plays late in the game to earn the victory.
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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. But he bonded every other member of this young team together.
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. No Hayward, no Irving, no playoff hope.
Remember when all of the media outlets doubted the Boston Celtics prior to entering the playoffs?
Tatum became the only rookie in Celtics history to score 20 or more points in five straight games, moving past Larry Bird in Boston's record book. The Louisville product again played well with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals to go with no turnovers.
Al Horford's new and improved nickname appears to have stuck. And while the Pacers' defense is good, it was not almost as statistically strong as the Celtics' during the regular season.
"I think he observes a lot better. I actually left the court", he said. The Sixers have two stars (Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons) and a top-notch (though inconsistent) role player in Robert Covington. He's not a loud mouth, get in your face kind of coach.
McConnell plays his role extremely well, but he can only help to a certain extent.
Simmons had no regrets, though, telling reporters: "I got a shot that I practice a lot, right next to the rim". This is the same Ben Simmons who is considered to be the future of the National Basketball Association.
We know that Pop doesn't say things because he feels he has to.
"I really respect what he does".
"No moment is too big (for Tatum)", Stevens said after the game.
Just stop calling for Embiid post-ups as if they're the ground-breaking solution to Boston's defense. "So I enjoy him". However, the future Hall of Famer upped his percentages in the coming years, shooting a career-best 46.9% in 2001 and 44.7% for his career.
The tale of the (ticker) tape shows the Celtics are still the team to beat. Ben Simmons is playing badly during the series and that is because of Brad Stevens.