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Boston Celtics Win In A Thriller To Take Game 2 From 76ers

Boston Celtics Win In A Thriller To Take Game 2 From 76ers

I think it was mainly what I did to myself. "They just looked me in the eye and they were back and forth and unsure, and I was like 'Hey, I'm playing, that's it'".

Encouragement can't hurt Simmons, who conceded he's been suffering from a strain of paralysis by over-analysis.

The Sixers will look to climb out of the 0-2 hole on Saturday when they return home for game three. Now, the future of the National Basketball Association will be on full display with Embiid and Simmons vs Brown and Tatum.

Simmons was defiant after the game, refusing to give credit to the Celtics, who threw multiple players at him. However, Simmons is in his own head at this point in the series.

What Simmons is going through is no joking matter. The Celtics have never lost a best-of-seven playoff series after winning the first two games. I will encourage him like I always do but there is nothing that I need to say, he brings it night in and night out. "And so I see it as I said it". "They're a disciplined team". They really have individual defensive pieces that are exceptional. Then Terry Rozier's corner three put them up four 40 seconds later. As he oversees Philadelphia practice at the practice facility in Camden or in the small gym at Harvard University the Sixers have set up shop at, you have to wonder what is going through Colangelo's mind. They went on a little run and then they went on another run I think at two minutes left.

Iverson, who turns 43 Monday, minimized the importance of practice with his immortal, "We're talkin' about practice?" speech in 2002. Boston was an underdog - even at home - in both games of this series, and are now 9-0 against the spread as a home underdog this season.

Early on, however, he and the Celtics watched the Sixers get out to a comfortable lead.

Boston is preventing that penetration using the aforementioned wall and C's defenders quickly moving their feet to cut off his drives to the basket. "He knew what was at stake, he knew us getting another win here was going to be huge for us". "I bent down, stopped, elevated, picked up the ball and exploded up".

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Simmons probably won't struggle this much again.

The Celtics outscored the Sixers in the final three quarters (86-72) after trailing 31-22 after one frame.

Even Brown seems to have second thoughts.

"There were a few times", Brown said. "But we were doing OK". And as I admit, if you had to do it again, maybe you would have.

During the C's 16-4 run in the later portion of the fourth to go up 104-97 with 1:57 left in the game, Tatum threw down this helluva slam-bam that was worthy of a "KIA Cam" in NBA2K 18. "But I think we have a better one".

If Simmons had offered Philly anything offensively, they would've secured a win as they had three players score 20+ points each. "Because it was one of those deals [where] we needed everybody engaged in the game and it was a special environment".

The game is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on TNT.

It features Philly musical performers LGP Qua and Bri Steves, 76ers legends, the Sixers Dancers and Sixers Dunk Squad.