Can Boston slow down Sixers, make this a series for grinders?

C's Advance To 2nd Round With Blowout Win In Game 7

Coming into the 2017-18 season, the Philadelphia 76ers were thought of as a team that was a year away. The rookie has been absolutely spectacular in his first playoff appearance, and not even a road game at the Garden should faze him.

However, in the first round Philadelphia controlled the tempo - the five games averaged 103 possessions, a pace the Sixers were comfortable with (they averaged 102.2 possessions per game in the regular season).

The Celtics may not be the favorite in this series, but they're a scrappy and well-coached bunch.

Al Horford provided not only his voice but probably his best stretch of games in a Celtics uniform over the last seven games. It'll take a complete team effort from the Celtics to compensate for Brown's loss.

During the seven-game series between Milwaukee and Boston, guards Terry Rozier and Eric Bledsoe couldn't stop crossing paths.

Brown's potential absence would sap the Celtics in their attempt to carry out one assignment in particular - putting as much size as possible on Ben Simmons, the big 76ers playmaker and frontrunner for this year's Rookie of the Year award.

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The Boston Celtics scooped victory in the first game of the Eastern Conference semi-finals as two of the team's rising stars put on a dominant display. They have surrounded Joel Embiid's post game and Ben Simmons' slashing with shooters and guys who work hard off screens and plays off the ball to get open. Regardless, they still had a tough time stopping Philly's two superstars.

"I hope so", Brown said.

The Celtics' second-leading scorer in the first round with 17.9 points per game, Brown was finally ruled out about a half-hour before tipoff following a conversation with doctors, trainers and Horford.

Since then, both teams have changed, with Celtics' G Kyrie Irving being ruled out for the season and the Sixers adding G Marco Belinelli and F Ersan Ilyasova since the team's last faced each other.

Embiid - still fighting his mask, being worn after he fractured the orbital bone in his face late in the regular season - struggled some in the regular season when matched up against Horford, shooting less than 40 percent in those contests. Given Simmons ability to get in the paint and Embiid's prowess on the boards, Aron Baynes and Greg Monroe ability to challenge at the rim and contain Embiid are critical. "Really two of the most storied franchises in National Basketball Association history", veteran Philadelphia guard JJ Redick said Sunday. They need to limit their turnovers against a Boston defense that is opportunistic. They had advantages at every position not named Giannis Antetokounmpo. Boston is the next level in that test - starting with the Celtics crowd, which is a lot more vocal and challenging than the Heat fans. The Heat's poorly executed schoolyard bully routine floundered, and the only game they could win was when the Sixers shot miserably. "But we'd all be lying if we didn't understand that it would be a good day for him when he's able to take it off and play freely". Brad Stevens will have his team well prepared for the task at hand.

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