Irving was lost for the season just before the playoffs.
After coming up short in a 101-98 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 3 on Saturday, the Sixers now trail the Celtics 3-0 in the second round playoff matchup. “I thought a couple plays it wasn’t fair”.
He saw some wild ones down the stretch. But that was enough time for Marco Belinelli to launch a buzzer beater from near the corner and right in. for a game-tying two. Embiid has lived up to his end of the bargain by posting some monster numbers over the first three games, and posterizing Aron Baynes on several occasions, but he’s had very little support elsewhere thanks to Boston’s suffocating defensive plan.
Boston played with more toughness.
The Celtics are the sum of their experiences, and they reward loyal viewership. However, that is okay because this team will get better next year. The second crucial mistake of the Sixers happened with 20 seconds left in overtime. Some players even scooped up confetti as everyone waited for the start of overtime.
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Belinelli opened OT with a 23-footer and Redick followed with a 3 that appeared to take him off the hook. People said Ben Simmons was the rookie to watch this series, but it turns out Tatum has been the better rookie. “That was my man that hit the shot so I knew it wasn’t a 3”, said Rozier. You can see what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.
Simmons had no regrets, though, telling reporters: “I got a shot that I practice a lot, right next to the rim”. Embiid had 22 points on 10-26 shooting in Game Three, which isn’t a great percentage, but a bunch of those misses came outside the paint. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles rang the ceremonial bell and whipped the crowd into a frenzy.
Stevens drew up game-winning plays for Horford against the Rockets (baby hook in post) and Blazers (elbow fallaway at buzzer) this season, and he predicted how the Sixers would defend this one to an extent that left his players awed and almost speechless. He’s averaging a team-high 24.3 points per game but it’s not efficient. He has been able to reveal the weaknesses of Simmons offensively, as he scored a point in game 2 and has played below average during the other games.
By keeping Simmons in front of them and then challenging him to score over their long defenders when he drives, the Celtics have shut off a lot of drive-and-kick opportunities.
” I didn&;rsquo;t care about the confetti”, said Horford, incorporating: ” I think all of us knew what was at stake. “I just tried to catch him slipping real quick”, Tatum said.
Dwane Casey made a decision to go small in Game 3, replacing forward Serge Ibaka with second-year guard Fred VanVleet in the starting lineup. “The hardest game to win is the first one”, and on and on it goes. But sweeps are serious business, and perhaps can leave a hangover into the next season. Philadelphia converted 13 of 18 free throw attempts and turned the ball over 15 times.
Philadelphia led 51-48 at halftime.
76ers: The Sixers have suddenly become one of the hottest teams at attracting celebrities. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. This is the first season I have played, the first time I have played in the playoffs and I’m learning a lot.
Even as 76ers mentor Brett Brown has been express expectation that his players are learning from these types of playoffsthat ” he had been careful soon after the match to stop from questioning his group’s inexperience for their various late stage catastrophes – and also perhaps for good reason. Pierce interviewed for the job on Friday.