Here we go!
Sixers up by 4 made the first two minutes – Embiid and Simmons score. Could the whole game go this way?
Sixers miss a few – Celtics up by 10 -6 – Tatum has hit 2. Time out
Tatum hits a floater 16 – 8 Celtics
Ilyasova hits a lay up and Embiid a jumper – 17 – 12. Celtics Time out
17 – 14 . Embiid block, Belinelli 3 – we are tied at 17. Redick 3 – Smart 2 – Late spurt by the Sixers puts them up by 1 after the first quarter of play. 20 – ˇ9
Quick thoughts – The Celtics are a bit tentative. Tatum is keeping them going. The Sixers are moving well on offense and playing good defense.
Ouch. Celtic spurt – 28- 22 Celtics Sixers time out.
OOO – Tatum just picked up his 2nd foul
AND now he just picked up his 3rd on an offensive foul
ouch the sixers are pressing and missing down 35 – 25 Sixer time out
Daril has forced a few drives. Daro going one on one is not the best path to victory.
2 3’s by ersan.
Ooo Brown just picked up his 3rd foul
Smart FINALLY missed a 3
Saric jsut hit a 3 – 38 . 25- Celtic time out
Sixers running – Simmons with a jam 43 – 29 Simmons picked up his dribble and got stuck.
So Brown and Tatum both have 3 fouls. Sixer time out
JJ hits an open 3 Embiid with a monster drive and 3 point play . Embiid intercepts
Oop Belinelli just hit a 3 – Sixers up 50 – 43. Celtic time out. The Sixers are pumped! around 1 minute to go in the first half
Brown hits a 4 and the half is over with the Sixers up 51 – 48
A few thoughts – Tatum has sat for around 5 minutes. with 3 fouls. The Sixers had a good spurt but the Celtics are not out of it by a long shot. They are still playing good defense. But the Sixers are starting to hit 3’s, Embiid is doing his thing, and finally Dario got a bit untracked in the paint. A lot depends on hos the Sixers come out int he 3rd. If they spurt, they can blow out the Celtics. But you would hate to see a close game here with the risk of going down 3 – 0
Here we go
Back and forth action. Nice drive by Rozier.
Baynes and Smart have both picked up their 3rd fouls.
We are tied at 60
Rozier hits a very diffuclt 2 and the Celtics steal an inbound pass. up by 5 – . 69 – 64 Time out sixers
Things were looking up for a moment, but then the Celtics defense came on. The Sixers did not hit a few shots and they are down again. with aroun 3 to go in the 3rd.
McCopnnell steal – Smart foul – his 4th. Ilyasvoa hits 2 – Sixers down by 1. Ilysova fouls. Miss. Sixer miss the last shot at the end of the quarter and it ends with them down by 1.
McConnell has given the team a lift with his tough defense on Rozier.
So we head to the 4th quarter.
Baynes jsut piced up his 5th foul. Sixers down by 1
Ooo – another foul – it looked like on baynes but it was on smart – both Smart and Baynes have 5 fouls. Embiid fouls
. – we are tied at 75
Baynes out. Horford checks in for Baynes
tied at 77
Horford hits a few with nice moves – as Embiid is out
Tight game 81 -79 Celtics. Sixers time out with the ball.
Tied at 81 very physical
Simmons missed a dunk
ok – this is some wild action. Tatum just missed 2 foul shots. Embiid just had a monster drive on Horford with a dunk. tied at 85
Redick hit an amzing 2 – then a nice jumper by Tatum.
Belinelli drive – Smart just fouled out. Belinelli hit both. Sixers up by 2. Celtics call time out
oh shit. The Sixers went for the last shot but Redick turned the ball over. and the Celtics got a break away layup. They are up by 2 with 1 second to go.
Unbelöievable. Belinelli hit an amazing 2 – they are checking if it is a 3. Looks like overtime.
So – This will be interesting. Losing Smart hurts.
Belinelli hits a 2 and Redick hits a 3. Celtics get a nice 2
Sixers up 84 . 92 – Tatum has 2 nice drives. Simmons with a beauty of a drive. Sixer time out up by 2 with a little over a minute to go.
Embiid with a sloppy pass and turnover. Embiid foul on Horford who misses his first. makes the second. Sixers up by one try to get it to Embiid who cannot score over Horford. Simmons tried to follow and missed.
Celtics have the ball with 8 seconds down by 1. This is for the game.. Celtics could not inbound and called a time out.
Ouch – great inound pass to the post where Horford scores. Celtics up by 1 with 5 seconds to go. Sixer time out.
Sixers turn it over to Horford on the inbound pass. Game is basically over.
Horford makes 2 – Belinelli gets a shot off but no go.
Sixers go down 3 – 0
What can one say? The Celitcs played very good defense for most of the game. The Sixers had a great lift when the forced the OT, but 2 costly turnovers gave the game to the Celitcs. That really hurts. BTW, I guess Danny Ainge was right. Jason Tatum was the best player in the draft last year He had a great game. And while I am at it, hats off to Brad Stevens for making a great inbound play that got Horford the ball in the post guarded by RoCo. The pass was just right and RoCo had no chance.