Rozier fires Celtics as Boston downs Sixers

Celtics Brad Stevens praises counterpart with Sixers Brett Brown

The owners of the best match in his career he played Terry Roser - changer Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and converted 7 of 9 three-pointers.

Sure, Embiid broke free for a game-high 31 points and Simmons still recorded 18 points and seven assists, but the Sixers combined to shoot just 5-of-26 from beyond the arc. When all was said and done, Boston dropped 117 points and shot 48 percent from the field in a 16-point win.

According to Stevens, Celtics guard Jaylen Brown is "doubtful" for Game 1 against the 76ers with a hamstring injury he sustained in the first half of Game 7 against the Bucks.

Simmons, who was drafted two years ago but missed all of last season through injury, has been the centre of a fierce debate about his rookie status - and whether he deserves to be named rookie of the year ahead of Utah's Donovan Mitchell, who was drafted this year.

"[The crowd] was okay", Embiid said. "We're gonna have to fix some things".

Sixers head coach Brett Brown theorized that his team may not have benefited from getting so much time off between rounds one and two of the playoffs. Philadelphia picked Markelle Fultz; he did not play on Monday night.

But as the Celtics have shown all year, regardless of who they have on the floor, they'll be a match for any team.

Marcus Smart. Many people love him.

The Celtics have backup players that are capable of a lot more than any other backups in the National Basketball Association, and that can transform what you should expect from a team that has suffered so many injuries. "I think our fans our louder than that so I mean, it was OK". Though he knows other teams in the East remain relevant, he thinks there is enough young talent on the current 76ers and Celtics rosters to give the rivalry a rebirth. LeBron James said he was "burnt" after the Cavs' Game Seven win against IN, so fans will pay attention to whether he has recovered enough for Cleveland to take this imperative game.

Obviously, it would be ridiculous to assume this series is over since this was only one game, and the argument can be made that having all of that additional time off ended up backfiring since Philadelphia looked a bit rusty. Unfortunately for this Sixers squad, the best team doesn't always win.

These are supremely talented young players that have grown tremendously this season, and have been waiting for this kind of opportunity to showcase their abilities.

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