Start times set for first four games of Sixers-Celtics series

04 May, 2018, 09:37 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Full Court Press: Terry Rozier's 26 Points And Nine Assists Vault Celtics Into Round Two

The 76ers have been living off their "Trust the Process" mantra ever since diving into the tank for high draft picks, and while said process certainly is not complete, an improvement of 24 wins over a year ago to the third seed in the Eastern Conference is, indeed, a very impressive step.

Philadelphia's Ben Simmons figures to be a tough player for the Celtics to stop in their playoff series.

And while the Sixers have their process, the Celts have some "trust" issues of their own that will be among the keys to this series.

The Boston Celtics can not seem to shake the "underdog" label. The veteran sharpshooter averaged a strong 20 points per game against the Heat, and dropped a similarly impressive line of 19 points, three rebounds, and four assists in three regular-season meetings against Boston.

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

The Celts, meanwhile, must keep in gear from their mangling of Milwaukee two nights ago.

With the team set to appoint a new head coach in the summer, anybody who takes the job will have one of the league's best players at his disposal.

It's hard to imagine the Celtics stepping up even more then they have, especially with all of the injuries they endured but that's what needs to happen if they have any want to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.


The 76ers have the talent and athleticism to run right by the Celtics. If the Celtics can force him to shoot from the perimeter, they have a shot to frustrate Simmons and take him out of his game. Now they'll turn their attention to Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and another young team against Philadelphia. After the game, Brown said, "I'm ready", adding, when asked if he'll go in the opener, "That's my goal". "They just present a whole different challenge". And how does Marcus Smart fit into all this?

"They're super-talented", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

The Celtics as a collective have to make Embiid work for every basket. And it's not just turnovers we're talking about here. But they too rarely back it up. He fought-off foul trouble in Game 7 and finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists. After beating the Miami Heat in five games, Philly has still only lost one game in the last month and a half. Horford will have to be a monster again for the C's to get through. I feel Rozier and Tatum will continue to grow and improve and will continue to provide what the Celtics need to pull off the series win.

Personally, I'd like to see Brown on Simmons, Rozier on Redick, Tatum on Covington, Horford on Saric, and Baynes on Embiid.

The point guard missed a large chunk of the campaign with a quad injury and despite returning before the playoffs, he wasn't able to rediscover the form that earned him the Rookie of the Year award last year.

"They've got the ability to bother you because the team really can shoot 3s". "But they're a big, physical team".

For starters, Boston should limit the amount of offensive rebounds Philly racks up.

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