The Sixers are well aware of the history they're currently up against. Of the 129 teams in NBA history to fall behind 3-0, none have ever come back to win a best-of-seven series. Think about that," head coach Brett Brown pondered after the Sixers' 101-98 Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics (see observations).
The Raptors are on the edge of extinction due to an epic LeBron James’ buzzer-beater, and the Celtics pushed the Sixers into a 0-3 hole as well. Imagine telling a Celtics fan at the end of last season that Boston would make it back to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017-18, but that Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Kelly Olynyk wouldn’t log a minute for the C's all season.
Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons defended his decision to take a last-gasp shot that missed as the Boston Celtics claimed a 101-98 overtime victory and a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semi-final. Simmons – coming off the back of a dismal display in game two – finished Saturday's contest with 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, but a number of costly errors ultimately proved decisive. Four turnovers harmed the 76ers bid to claim a first triumph of the series, while his wasteful shot with 19 seconds of overtime remaining gave the Celtics the chance to win.
LeBron James banked in an off balance floater at the buzzer, lifting the Cleveland to a 105-103 win over the Toronto Raptors and giving the Cavaliers a stranglehold 3-0 playoff series lead on Saturday. James took an inbound pass and drove the length of the court, cut to the left and sank the running one-handed dagger off the backboard to stun the Raptors' bench. The 10-footer came just seconds after Toronto had tied it 103-103 on OG Anunoby's three pointer with eight seconds on the clock.
All hail LeBron James after his buzzer-beater gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a dramatic 105-103 win over the Toronto Raptors and a commanding 3-0 series lead. James left Eastern Conference top seed the Raptors on the verge of a play-off exit with a running
Al Horford had no use for the premature celebration that showered confetti all over the 76ers' home court at the end of regulation, delaying overtime and prompting an impromptu cleanup job. Turns out, Horford has the Celtics just a game away from a real sweep. Horford scored the go-ahead basket for Boston late in overtime in a wild Game 3 where the Philadelphia 76ers were sloppy with the basketball and the confetti, leading the Celtics to a 101-98 victory and a 3-0 series lead on Saturday night.
PHILADELPHIA – The Boston Celtics seemed on the cusp of suffering a heartbreaking loss at Philadelphia. Players and coaches weren't sure how this was all going to turn out in the closing moments. So they did the one thing they know works more nights than
Then Horford secured the win with the steal of the game. “I was just trying to press up on Joel, he’s such a tough cover,” Horford said of the steal. Horford has been a rock all playoffs for Boston, and now he has them on the verge of the conference finals up 3-0 on the Sixers.
"You're going to learn more about yourself in skill package, in spirit in the next few weeks than maybe you've learned your whole career," Brown told the Sixers. The Eastern Conference semifinals have been a crash course for Ben Simmons. "[I have learned] that I've got a lot of growing to do," Simmons said following the Sixers' 101-98 overtime loss Saturday.
Jayson Tatum: The 20-year-old Tatum (I refuse to call him a rookie anymore) showed more growth in Game 3 than any game of his impressive postseason run. Al Horford: An offensive non-factor for three quarters, Horford came alive in the fourth, doing what all great leaders do – show up when the game is on the line.