The Celtics strolled through the first round like a friend at a parent’s house while a family fight goes on. The dysfunctional Philadelphia 76ers made it hard to gauge what the Boston Celtics accomplished by breezing through round one. Brad Stevens and company remain adamant they did not prove anything yet, and that Philadelphia caused troubles.
Still, the Celtics stole Game 3 with sensational defense in crunch time. Game 2 exhibited the best of their bench. Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker dominated throughout, ending their series exploits with 32 and 28 points, respectively. The 76ers, meanwhile, searched for answers again and mused about their future together, which appears limited. Brett Brown’s job became the focus on Philly’s final media session.
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What’s Next for the 76ers After the CELTICS? — The Garden Report
The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers are the NBA’s longest and most heated rivalry. Competing against each other for the past 70 years, Boston and Philadelphia have produced some of the most iconic moments in sports history. In it’s 7 decade battle, no team had ever had a sweep when competing in the post-season, until 2020...
Despite a potentially season-ending ankle injury to Gordon Hayward and a woefully weak bench, the Celtics took command from the opening minutes of Game 1 and never looked back.
Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports and CelticsBlog, Bobby Manning of CLNS Media and CelticsBlog and Nick Gelso look at what went wrong for the Sixers, what’s next for Al Horford who struggled mightily against the Celtics young legs and when Philly will pull the trigger on dismissing Brett Brown.
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Kemba Walker reacts to reaching the second round for the first time
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Jayson Tatum honors Kobe Bryant with 32 points on his birthday
Jaylen Brown —
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Discussed his feelings about his job security after the Celtics swept his 76ers in Game 4. It’s difficult, he said, especially given the loss of Ben Simmons. He also praised Tobias Harris’ leadership and determination to come back after a scary fourth quarter injury.
Harris discussed his performance during the Celtics’ sweep of the 76ers in the first round and his scary head injury suffered during the fourth quarter. He explained his decision to return to the game.
Embiid chided a “stupid question” about who’s to blame for the 76ers failures as he maintained hope for the current core’s future. They didn’t fail, he said, as much as injuries and missing shots in the series undermined Philadelphia’s season.
Horford discussed a disappointing first season with the 76ers and getting swept by his former Boston Celtics teammates in the first round.