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Rozier helps Celtics beat 76ers in Eastern Conference semi Game 1

Rozier helps Celtics beat 76ers in Eastern Conference semi Game 1

Tatum made 76ers coach Brett Brown pay for his decision to start Redick on him as the rookie torched the guard by using his size and quickness.

The first overall pick in the 2016 draft who sat out all of previous year with an injury, Simmons was heckled by the Boston crowd with chants of "Not a Rookie!" Often, he talks with joy about his days as an assistant in San Antonio, making off-day adjustments, then adjusting them back if necessary.

According to MassLive.com, fans celebrated the Celtics' 117-101 victory with a version of the Sixers' Trust the Process mantra, only they substituted another word for "trust".

"It is", Brown said. I mean, we lost, so it doesn't matter. So it truly is like your greatest joy or your worst misery. "And it is just part of this time of the year, and part of the challenge, and part of the excitement in a sadistic type of way". The Sixers were nudged from their rhythm. With the size and athleticism to punish any of Boston's interior defenders, he need only glance at his shot chart to find a successful blueprint. The Celtics had decent shots and shot 47.2 percent from the arc. That's not who we are, definitely. When everybody is on, we're the best defensive team in the game. I never really felt we were in the game. I love that type of emotion because it kind of elevates my game, knowing that there are a lot of fans out there talking trash and saying some insane stuff too.

"They run a lot of people who can pick-and-pop".

The Celtics' second-leading scorer in the first round with 17.9 points per game, Brown was finally ruled out about a half-hour before tipoff following a conversation with doctors, trainers and Horford. Because they are going to bait you. "I'm gonna have to back up my words with our group".

Boston may have led the season series, 3-1, but they did it with Irving around. "Because that's basically all their guards try to do: Bait you into doing something. It's not easy", Al Horford. "This is a very poor game from us".

Game two of the best-of-seven-series is in Boston on Thursday before the next two in Philadelphia. "He's been great all year".

Though sleep-deprived, Brown was reasonably upbeat Tuesday, aware of the nature of the playoffs. The issue apparently isn't too serious, however, as he'll likely make his return for Game 2.

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

The Warriors lead the series 1-0.

Sixers: Embiid is the first Sixer with 30 points in a playoff game since Andre Miller in 2009.

With the perimeter shooting the Sixers are capable of, Rozier also has to continue to harass on the defensive end. They respect the Celtics. Simmons has gotten much better at keep his dribble live and avoiding negative plays like this, where he leaves his feet.

"A little bit of both, a little bit of both", Brown said.

Even Baynes got in on the fun, as he converted two of his three long-range attempts.

Brown pushed the medical staff to allow him to play in Game 1, but he added: "There was some concern that I could re-aggravate it and it becomes a season-ending injury. And some small things that we have to change".

Boston won every quarter on Monday night as Terry Rozier, Al Horford and Jayson Tatum combined for 83 points. "We know what we did wrong offensively and defensively. It's not a 'wakeup call.' We know we're in the playoffs".


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