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Boston Celtics: Brad Stevens Deserves Your Respect

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Seconds later, Belinelli stunned everyone with a falling 22-footer in front of the 76ers bench as time expired that sent the game into overtime - and confetti mistakenly blasted from the cannon. "I can't see any other way to approach this that makes sense to me and so that's what we're going to do". Now, they find themselves in a position of desperation, as National Basketball Association teams are 0-129 when trailing 3-0 in a best-of-seven playoff series.

After a brutal week, the Philadelphia 76ers find themselves on the brink of elimination.

His thoughts on Simmons' stroke won't exactly inspire confidence in the rookie who helped Philly win their first playoff series in six seasons. At least it won't be a sweep.

"Ben Simmons' recklessness and overconfidence cost the Sixers in Game 3", the headline in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer blared.

Moments later, Horford would allow his defensive instincts to take over as he managed to deflect the inbounds pass meant for Joel Embiid. Jayson was able to use his strong build to get to the rim more than a few times in the fourth quarter and overtime.

The Celtics simply have the better team right now, and maybe that will change next year, but that's just the way it is right now. Stevens called another timeout when Morris was unable to inbound the ball over Embiid, leading to the biggest inbounds play of the season. James' game-winner was a demoralizing blow to a valiant team effort. After Saturday's performance, he eclipsed Larry Legend (a.k.a. Larry Bird) with his fifth consecutive 20-point playoff game as a rookie and had two key baskets on drives in overtime to pull the Celtics back within one possession after Philadelphia had opened four-point leads. National Basketball Association teams should be scared of the Celtics and they will be one of the great teams in the National Basketball Association for years to come. You have to stop the bleeding at that point. Most players, owners and general managers will tell you behind closed doors that they would love to have Brad Stevens as their head coach. "So we'll take it like that". "I'll still watch his Butler tape, trying to learn some stuff he did there, to be honest with you", Popovich said of Stevens after Sunday's game. Simmons was having a awful game, and I understand you may need to do it for his confidence, but you also need to win that game.

The Australian will have his home crowd behind him and will be alongside team- mates desperate to survive. Philly could come out and get a big win on their home floor, sending the Celtics back to Boston for a game they need to win to keep the Sixers at bay. Those are my observations. He's always making sure we're in the right situations, and we know we can look toward him to make the right play. However, with a litany of shooters in the Sixers rotation, screens and motion around the arc may be Philadelphia's best option, especially if Embiid can display the patience to let plays develop.

Per Basketball Reference, Horford posted solid if unspectacular averages of almost 13 points, more than seven rebounds and just under five assists per game while shooting 49 percent from the field during the 2017-18 regular season.

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