Sixers rookie Ben Simmons had a rather brutal outing in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Celtics on Thursday, which ended in a 108-103 loss to go down 2-0 on the series after Boston was able to erase a 22-point deficit. Simmons went 0 of 4 from the field with seven assists, five rebounds and five turnovers.
Simmons had five turnovers in Game 2 and has had nearly as many turnovers (12) as assists (13) in the series.
Game 3 of the 76ers-Celtics series starts at 7am on Sunday (AEST).
J.J. Redick had 23 points for the 76ers, making five 3-pointers. He missed his first shot attempt before chasing down a loose ball and sprinting ahead for a one-handed dunk. I will encourage him like I always do but there is nothing that I need to say, he brings it night in and night out.
The Celtics have swarmed Simmons with a combination of Al Horford, Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris in the series.
Game three is in Philadelphia on Sunday. Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Philadelphia 49 (Embiid 14), Boston 41 (Horford 12).
All of that being said, what three things can the Celtics take away from their Game 2 win over the 76ers? He knows he is pushing to get back, but he also needs to be smart to not push too much.
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Following an anemic offensive effort in Game 1, the Sixers looked rejuvenated early in Game 2, using a 14-2 run to begin the second quarter on their way to building a 48-26 lead.
The advantage was 79-75 heading into the fourth, and there the smallest Sixer put the bite on Boston.
The Philadelphia 76ers lost Game 2 in disappointing fashion, blowing a 22-point first half lead and dropping to 0-2 on the series.
The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers meet Saturday in game three of the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Celtics wasted no time tying the game in the second half, knotting it up at 58 after two free throws from Terry Rozier. Boston seems to be taking a physical approach with Simmons, effectively cutting off his ability to drive and create for his teammates.
From that point, the Celtics closed the game on a 17-10 run. Rozier racked up 20 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds.
Five Celtics scored during the run, with Rozier leading the way with eight points. So, I think I've just got to be a little quicker. Went 15 of 36 from the 3-point line.
The Celtics outscored the Sixers in the final three quarters (86-72) after trailing 31-22 after one frame. As he oversees Philadelphia practice at the practice facility in Camden or in the small gym at Harvard University the Sixers have set up shop at, you have to wonder what is going through Colangelo's mind. Brown, who just returned from injury, had 11 points in a crucial stretch in the second period.