The Celtics, trailing by four points with 1:37 left, outscored Philadelphia the rest of the way by a 9-3 margin. Can the Sixers again stave off elimination? We had a couple unfortunate bounces of the ball during the game. Anyway, the duo posed for a photo before last night's game. Pregame reading | Comments section Q&A Before this season, Aron Baynes had attempted eight three-pointers in his career. They stayed at home on Philly's 3-point shooters - the club's deadliest weapon - and rarely let the 3-seeds embark on the kind of run that might've given the young team confidence. But the 76ers do not do things easily. Only four players on each side remain from that series. Yet that's exactly what's happened.
The Houston Rockets will host the Golden State Warriors in game one of the Western Conference Finals on Monday.
Philadelphia was overpriced to lay 5 points in Boston to start the series, but there hasn't been enough evidence to prove the line was 6 points off as tonight's Celtics minus-1 spread implies. Terry Rozier was unreal and Al Horford was the steady veteran at the center of it all.
Like Boston, Philadelphia has drawn attention with its postseason run. All series long, Sixers coach Brett Brown had to juggle his lineups, trying to balance spacing with defensive versatility, and the decisions were always hard.
The Celtics looked finished when Gordon Hayward went down in the season's first game. This duo has the opportunity the become one of the NBA's best. However, a hamstring injury during Game 7 of the first round against the Milwaukee Bucks would derail his streak heading into the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
One win away from a series knockout, the Celts had Embiid (27 points, 12 boards) and the Sixers pinned against the ropes midway through the third quarter. By being aggressive, and attacking the rim, as these highlights show. Ben Simmons has to be aggressive.
With that, the Sixers were backed into hoping that their young players will have benefitted from the postseason experience.
Also, despite JJ Redick's tough Game 5, he was a stabilizing veteran all year for Philadelphia. Instead, he hasn't been able to shoot all season, and he only played 14 games, zero of which were against the Celtics. But it still isn't ideal. The former Chaminade grad, Duke star and one-and-done player's game has translated with relative ease to the next level.
Game 5, which included 11 ties and 21 lead changes, exemplified the tight series.
Rozier was fouled with 9.8 on the clock and, with his new best friend Drew Bledsoe watching from the opposite baseline, hit twice. The goal for the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night is simple.
And just like that, the game was over. "The most important thing our team can do tomorrow is go outside".
For the first time in the series, coach Brad Stevens placed Jaylen Brown into the starting rotation, and it paid off big time. "I don't think that helps anybody think or play". He keeps improving, whether it's his passing or feel for the game.
Boston does not want to come back to Philly.
Game 6: Friday, May 25, 8:30 p.m. After another demolition at the hands of the Cavaliers, what's next for the Raptors? "Take a day off and take a deep breath".
They were supposed to be the dependable and consistent forces in times like this.
An improbable Eastern Conference finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers is in reach for the Boston Celtics. It appears they made a mistake.