Ben Simmons put his poor one-point showing in the Philadelphia 76ers' game two defeat to the Boston Celtics down to "thinking too much". Simmons failed to score a field goal for the first time in his career as the 76ers suffered an 108-103 defeat at TD Garden on Thursday to go 2-0 down in the second round of the NBA playoffs. The Rookie of the Year contender added: "I think the way the [Miami] Heat played [against Simmons in the first round], it was nothing compared to the Celtics.
The Sixers are going back to Philadelphia down 2-0 to the Celtics. What they see as the key in that is, "Going back to Philadelphia." The Eastern Conference semifinals shifts to the Wells Fargo Center Saturday and Monday after the Sixers blew a 22-point lead Thursday to lose Game 2, 108-103. "We have two home games that we need to take care of and handle business," said Ben Simmons (more on him here).
LeBron James scored 43 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers powered to a 128-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their NBA second-round playoff series. The Cavs, who broke Raptors hearts with a 113-112 overtime triumph on Tuesday, may well have broken their spirit as they won a second straight game at Air Canada Centre, putting themselves in position to sweep Toronto for a second straight year when the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series shifts to Cleveland on Saturday. In Boston, the Celtics seized a 2-0 lead in their series against Philadelphia, roaring back from a 22-point second-quarter deficit to triumph 108-103.
With 5:29 to play in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, with the 18,624 in attendance roaring and Philadelphia clinging to a two-point lead, Sixers coach Brett Brown made a critical mistake. McConnell, the undrafted third-year pro, the (listed) 6-foot-2 backup, the heir to JJ Redick’s hair products.
For the first time in a while, Ben Simmons looked like a rookie. The usually cool-under-pressure point guard scored one point Thursday in the Sixers' 108-103 Game 2 loss to the Celtics (see observations). "I think it was mainly what I did to myself," Simmons said.
Terry Rozier had 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to help host Boston erase a 22-point deficit en route to 108-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night, giving the Celtics a 2-0 lead in an Eastern Conference semifinal series. Jayson Tatum had 21 points, Marcus Smart added 19 and both Al Horford and Jaylen Brown scored 13 for Boston, which also claimed a 117-101 victory on Monday in the opener of the best-of-seven series. JJ Redick led Philadelphia with 23 points, making five 3-pointers.
The Boston Celtics come all the way back from 22 points down to take a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Boston Celtics don’t have Kyrie Irving. What they do have is perhaps the best coach of these young NBA playoffs in Brad Stevens, and a consistency that their opponents in the Philadelphia 76ers sorely lack. While you can trust the process all you want, the Celtics are trusting their bench players and young rotation guys for even contributions.
BOSTON — The day after Boston's Game 1 win over Philadelphia, Ben Simmons was succinct in his approach heading into Game 2. "I probably need to be more aggressive," he said. Around came Game 2 on Thursday night, with Simmons doing anything but be aggressive
The youth movement is alive and thriving for the Boston Celtics. Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds, helping the Celtics rally from a 22-point deficit to beat the 76ers 108-103 on Thursday night. Terry Rozier added 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.