Jaylen Brown Doubtful For Celtics-Sixers Game 1

Boston Celtics forward Al Horford

Boston Celtics forward Al Horford

On the occasions that he go toward the rim, the Celtics had a wall of defenders preventing him to get close to the basket. Hart rang the bell before Game 2 of the Sixers' first-round series against the Miami Heat, and he cheered on Meek Mill when the rapper rang the bell before Game 5. "And we've known from the moment we left TD Garden on Monday night that we're going to have to play better in Game 2 than Game 1 to win". Yes, it's still early in the series, and Philadelphia is the more talented team on paper. "Over the next quarter and a half, they crumbled, allowing Boston to take off on a 45-17 scoring run that set up their 108-103 victory in Game 2". Hamstrings are easy to reaggravate and Boston doesn't want Brown to lose part of his off-season work to chase playoff wins now, Boston did that with Isaiah Thomas past year and it didn't work out for the player. The Celtics still have the best coach in this series, and defense always travels.

"The biggest thing that people don't understand is that every player has that night", Mitchell said ahead of the Jazz Western Conference game against the Houston Rockets.

All the momentum had shifted back to the Celtics when halftime hit, and they once again looked like the dominant team that blew out Philadelphia in Game 1.

Sixers guard Justin Anderson waves his arms against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Philadelphia.

Brown said postgame team doctors warned him about playing, but he was adamant he'd give it a shot. Trying to let the players figure things out, the Sixers didn't call a timeout while things were unraveling at the end of the half.

The Celtics were led by Jayson Tatum's 21 points.

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Marcus Smart started and finished with 19 points, five boards, three assists, and two steals while Al Horford had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.

His coach, Brad Stevens, echoed those sentiments. Boston was an underdog - even at home - in both games of this series, and are now 9-0 against the spread as a home underdog this season. The C's had run the Philly shooters off the 3-point line in the opener, and Brett Brown's troops countered wisely in this one. They stretched it out to a 50-20 run into the third quarter, and eventually took an eight-point lead before the 76ers made a comeback of their own. The Celtics have been equally dominant at the sportsbooks this season, covering in five of their six meetings, but have produced mixed results on the road, covering just once in their past three trips to Philadelphia. The 76ers had only 14 free throw attempts, converting 10, and won the rebounding battle 49-41 in the contest.

J.J. Redick led all scorers with 23 points.

Robert Covington scored 22 and Joel Embiid added 20, but Sixers star rookie Ben Simmons was held to just one point in 31 minutes, missing all 4 of his shots from the field. When the 76ers make their threes, they win.

"I think, obviously, [the Celtics] have a game plan, I know what their game plan is and I've got to play my game". Meanwhile, Jaylen Brown is back and contributing. The Celtics beat the Bucks in Games 1 and 2 before going to Milwaukee to drop Games 3 and 4.

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