Rusty Sixers Lose to Celtics in Game 1

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The Sixers shot just 5-for-26 from long range, half of what they usually make on a given night.

The Celtics defeated the Sixers 117-101 on Monday, shaking off a litany of injuries and a quick turnaround from their Game 7 win over the Bucks on Saturday to claim an early lead in the East semis.

Embiid and the Sixers will get a chance to avenge this loss, of course. When everybody is on, we're the best defensive team in the game.

"We give them credit".

No player has encapsulated the Boston Celtics' 2018 postseason more than Rozier has so far.

Game two takes place in Boston on Thursday. He's also hitting just 32.1 percent of his threes in the playoffs, 4.8 percent worse than during the season, and he's scoring just 8.3 points per game, 4.3 fewer than during the season. In those four victories, Rozier averaged 22 points and made 14-of-28 from 3-point land.

That must change for the Sixers to move on.

"Boston" has failed to restrain the Joel Embiid who scored a solid double-double, but worthy of support from teammates Cameroonian center has not received. JJ Redick had 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

That trio went 0-for-11.

Boston sank 47 per cent of their three-pointers.

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This Eastern Conference second-round matchup gets underway on Tuesday. "They're very mindful of the perimeter", Brown explained.

It was even more impressive as it came against one of the better defensive teams in the league. With the size and athleticism to punish any of Boston's interior defenders, he need only glance at his shot chart to find a successful blueprint. So we've been on a pretty good, unusual run.

Brown said he tried to convince Boston's medical staff that he was good to go for Game 1, but they chose to play it safe.

There are problems with that plan.

"The message was really, 'Look at the history here, '" Brown told Celtics.com.

"We have to stop talking about it", Simmons said. But Horford hit five of his six shots outside the paint, finding seams in the mid-range and completely clean looks behind the arc. If the Celtics continue to lock down on defense they may be hard to beat leading up to the NBA Finals. I love that type of emotion because it kind of elevates my game, knowing that there are a lot of fans out there talking trash and saying some insane stuff too.

"A little bit of both, a little bit of both", Brown said.

The Sixers-Celtics rivalry dates to the days when Abdul-Jabbar was known as Lew Alcindor and was playing for New York's Power Memorial High School and UCLA.

As for the contingent of Sixers fans that now cringes when Covington pulls up?

Marcus Smart got the start in Game 1 against Philadelphia with Brown out, but it was Terry Rozier, Al Horford and Jayson Tatum who stepped in to replace Brown's production.

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