Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

76ers look to stay alive against Celtics

76ers look to stay alive against Celtics

Philadelphia's full-court inbounds pass was intercepted by Smart, and he threw the ball in the air to run out the clock.

"That's a Marcus Smart sequence". "That describes him so well". "He's got guts. He's a competitive guy". He put his body on the line. Walking to the free throw line, Tatum could be heard on the broadcast twice telling Embiid, "You got lucky".

"If anybody is going to come up with it, everybody's got their money on Smart". It also goes without saying that the 76ers must limit the Celtics to scoring no more than 95 points. This is a team that is without their two best players in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward and have now punched their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Many of Embiid's struggles can be traced to Al Horford.

The Boston Celtics had their worst game of the series in their game four loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, but they are still in a stronger position than anyone anticipated before this series started.


"In all honestly people from the outside probably expected not much out of us", said Horford, turning his attention to the young trio of Brown, Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier, and how they have filled a large, yawning void.

The only thing delaying it is one more victory against a 76ers team intent on not becoming the latest to join a dubious National Basketball Association club. "They are an A+ to me, and they are versatile in a way that we haven't experienced this year".

Game 1 is May 13 in Boston. Down 111-109 with 15 seconds left, the Sixers worked the ball inside to star center Joel Embiid, but Aron Baynes defended him well, and he missed a contested layup.

Uncharacteristically, the Celtics picked up three technical fouls in the game, including one on Coach of the Year candidate Brad Stevens.

After striking up a long-distance friendship with Drew Bledsoe during the Milwaukee series, Rozier finally met the former Patriots quarterback for real.


J.J. Redick, under pressure from Smart all night, hit only his second trey of the night with 3.8 seconds left. This likely will be one he watches back a few times.

But the Celtics closed strongly, taking a nine-point lead into the break thanks to a buzzer-beating 3 by Terry Rozier. Embiid had a chance to tie it but he missed a heavily contested layup, failed to tip it back in and then grabbed that rebound, too.

Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers, Dario Saric had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Ben Simmons added 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

"Obviously, it is a pretty special and the most unforgettable moment in the game series", McConnell said. We know that spirits and tensions are going to run high in a series. Their next game is tonight at 23:00 GMT and Philadelphia has the home-court advantage again tonight.


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