Rozier, Tatum help Celtics beat up 76ers

After earning nearly a week off following their series against the Miami Heat, many expected the Philadelphia 76ers to have a slight advantage over the Boston Celtics in Game 1 on Monday night, even if they were forced to play on the road instead of home.

Substitute point guard Terry Rozier scored 29, and first-year Celtics forward Jayson Tatum had a career-high 28 points to outplay redshirt rookie Ben Simmons on Monday night and lead Boston to a 117-101 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Embiid scored 31 points with 13 rebounds for Philadelphia, which lost for just the second time in 22 games.

While the Celtics shot 17-of-35 (48.6 per cent) from long range in the opener, the 76ers managed to hit just 5-of-26 (19.2 per cent).

The Philadelphia 76ers came crashing back to earth in a big way in their Game 1 loss to the Boston Celtics in the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

While Boston has grown accustomed to playing without two of their superstars, they were forced to do without another star player Monday night, Jaylen Brown. I think it's incredibly exciting to revisit that with my young guys and show them, before we even got into X's and O's and scout tape, a look at the history here.

J.J. Redick had 20 points for the Sixers, while point guard Ben Simmons had 18 points from 41 minutes on the court.

The Celtics will host Game 2 at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The same can be said of Embiid's Sixers as a whole, a team that needs to do a better job working the offense from the inside out. But a pair of baskets by J.J. Reddick cut the deficit to 12-points, 87-75, heading into the fourth. "We're going to see how it goes". When they do, the team's role players will once again be tested.

It was an unlikely moment, and one Philadelphia coach Brett Brown would probably point to as evidence that his players simply didn't meet their usual standards.

"We did have an off night shooting but a lot of that you can attribute to their good defense and them getting to our shooters", Brown said. The two Atlantic Division teams have squared off in the postseason for decades, and the TD Garden crowd was ready with multiple anti-Sixers chants throughout Game 1.

Smart's thumb took a pretty hard shot before halftime, but he said it's "all good now" with "no soreness". Obviously, the night Terry Rozier had isn't going to be replicated like it was tonight, but the Sixers will need to make sure Rozier and other sharp-shooters don't get the same open looks.

  • Stacy Allen