Joel Embiid scores 31 points for 76ers in Game 1 loss

May 02, 2018, 04:35
Joel Embiid scores 31 points for 76ers in Game 1 loss

It's the playoffs. These shots don't happen.

Very few people are giving the Boston Celtics any chance to survive their injuries, and there is good reason. Maybe that's overstating things, but not by a lot. So many went right for the Celtics.

This Eastern Conference second-round matchup gets underway on Tuesday. The duo scored 29 and 28 points respectively while combining for 11 boards and eight assists.

While the Celtics shot 17-of-35 (48.6 per cent) from long range in the opener, the 76ers managed to hit just 5-of-26 (19.2 per cent). It's a staggering contrast, for sure.

But for a series debut, at least, Baynes was an eye-opener, an Embiid-container who did just enough to close the offensive gap between he and his more celebrated rival.

"I never felt we were in the game", Brown said afterward. "He's been great all year. Keep bringing it on and we're going to see how it goes".

As the game played out, the Celtics seemed much more ready than the Sixers, who had the look of a team that was out of sync. That matchup turned into a juicy, somewhat humorous subplot within the series and Rozier handled his emotions far better than Bledsoe and also significantly outplayed him.

Best defensive performance: You have to give this to Rozier. Two short point guards just going out there and having fun.

Rozier is averaging a team-high 36 minutes per game in the playoffs.

It looked like Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum - not Ben Simmons or Donovan Mitchell - was the leading candidate for rookie of the year the way he kept blowing by Sixers. J. Redick, Ersan Ilyasova, and Dario Šarić-away from the three-point line, and out of the rhythm that they'd established against Miami. "When everybody is on, we're the best defensive team in the game". "They're a bear to play against".

As you might expect, Stephen A. Smith wasn't happy with how the Philadelphia 76ers performed in their Game 1 loss to the Boston Celtics on Monday.

"Time off isn't always the answer to playing well", Brown said with some uncertainty.

Brown had pushed the medical staff to let him play in Game 1 but was met with a resounding "no" from them, noting the condition of his hamstring after limping out of a Game 7 against the Milwaukee Bucks in the first half. The Warriors lead 1-0 after squashing the Pelicans in Game 1.

"I don't care", said Simmons.

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