The Sixers had Game 2. The Sixers blew a 22-point lead to fall, 108-103, to the Celtics in a critical matchup. Now the Sixers have to fight an uphill battle when they return to the Wells Fargo Center for Games 3 and 4 on Saturday and Monday.
Drew Bledsoe wore a “Scary Terry” shirt to support Terry Rozier on Thursday night, providing fans with a new, unlikely sports friendship. Celtics guard Terry Rozier and Milwaukee guard Eric Bledsoe feuded all through their first-round playoff series. Rozier knocked down a buzzer-beater over Bledsoe in the first game, then Bledsoe pretended not to know who Rozier even was.
Looking to back up his deeply dubious declaration this week that slavery was a "choice," Kanye West tweeted a Harriet Tubman quote that was flat-out false. — Terrence Howard doesn't buy that one times one equals one.
Jayson Tatum is well ahead of Markelle Fultz right now. Well, this can’t be great for Markelle Fultz’s confidence. The No. 1 overall pick has been much maligned throughout this rookie season on the Philadelphia 76ers, mostly because he was sidelined with a strange shoulder injury while fellow 2017 draftees Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell emerged for the Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz, respectively.
When the Philadelphia 76ers take the court on Thursday night looking to bounce back from a resounding Game 1 defeat to even their Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Boston Celtics, they’ll do so with recently freed friend of the program Meek Mill watching live and in person at TD Garden. The Philadelphia rapper, who was released on bail on April 24 after spending nearly five months in prison following a controversial sentencing over a parole violation, celebrated his freedom by heading straight to Game 5 of the opening-round series between the 76ers and Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center, driven by Sixers co-owner and friend Michael Rubin. Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, served as the evening’s guest of honor, opening the festivities by ringing the Sixers’ replica Liberty Bill before watching as Philly rolled past the Heat and into the second round of the playoffs.
Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving thinks Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum looks more like a top pick in the draft than the Sixers' Markelle Fultz.? Tatum had 28 points in Boston's 117-101 victory in Game 1 of the team's Eastern Conference semifinal, while Fultz did not play due to coach's decision. "Tatum probably should have been the first pick in the draft," Dr. J said on ESPN's Get Up! Thursday morning.
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown remains doubtful for the team's Game 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, but coach Brad Stevens laid out his plans if the 21-year-old is available to him. Stevens told reporters Thursday that if Brown is active, he will come off the bench. The Celtics are sticking with the same starting five they used in Game 1, with Marcus Smart starting alongside Terry Rozier in the backcourt.
The Philadelphia 76ers know things aren't very complicated as they head into Thursday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at TD Garden. The Celtics, the second seeds in the East, cruised to a 117-101 victory over Philadelphia in Game 1 on Monday night as Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford combined for 83 points, 18 rebounds and 12 assists — Boston's fourth win in five games against their long-time rivals this season. The 76ers, in their first postseason since 2012, went 5-for-26 from 3-point range and played shoddy defense to fall behind in the opener.
Jaylen Brown is showing progress from his strained right hamstring, but he remains doubtful for tonight's Game 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden. Brown suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Celtics' Game 7 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in their first-round series. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said even if Brown were to play tonight, he would do so coming off the bench.
As his teammates take on the Philadelphia 76ers in the playoffs without him, Kyrie Irving appeared on ESPN's "SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt" and expressed his pride in how the Celtics have continued to persevere. "We have a bunch of young guys on our team but, the way they are playing right now, they're playing like experienced veterans…," Irving said. The Celtics lead the Sixers 1-0 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.