Ben Simmons Says Game 2 Struggles vs. Celtics Were 'Self-Inflicted'

Ben Simmons Says Game 2 Struggles vs. Celtics Were 'Self-Inflicted'

Throughout the regular season, Boston's calling card has been a team that could dig themselves out of just about any hole.

There was one sequence that summed up Simmons' game nicely in the fourth quarter. No biggie. They would scratch and claw until the end, unwilling to just roll over and accept any defeat. Since they have a 6-10 point guard in Ben Simmons who can switch onto a center in a pinch, that has a chance to work. That's not a luxury they have this postseason, but that doesn't seem to matter.

Ben Simmons says he is ready to face the Boston Celtics, ignore their taunting fans and claim game two of the NBA Eastern Conference semi-final series.

Markelle Fultz, who was "traded" from the Celtics to the Sixers, who accepted Boston's first pick in the draft, did not play against the Celtics in the four games but has since returned.

They started off the game 0 for 5 and didn't score until Smart's 3-pointer at the 8:37 mark of the first quarter.

Joel Embiid wasn't impressed with crowd in Boston in Game 1 of the Celtics' series with the Philadelphia 76ers. Yes, it's still early in the series, and Philadelphia is the more talented team on paper.

Brown had been dealing with a Hamstring injury that had him doubtful for Game 2 only to be upgraded to probable just an hour before tip-off. Everyone on the floor contributed. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 21 points in the win. He knocked down a pair of threes in the final 1:42 of the half that almost blew the roof off the TD Garden.

They will always need contributions from other players, but that trio of players combined for 54 points 16 assists and 21 rebounds.




"Coach was saying whoever brings the fight and whoever the tougher team is going to win", Rozier said after the win. It is just basketball.I think the way Boston is guarding us in general is something that I respect.

Redick led all scorers with 13 first-quarter points, while Tatum paced the C's with five points.

"If I had to do it again, I'd do the same thing", Brown said after the game.

"Do we have discussions with Jaylen about, hey, the reason why you've got to go through all these tests and do all this is to run around screens with JJ Redick, which, to be honest, is a different challenge from most everything else in the league", said Stevens. The energy was insane. "But still I think this scoring came with them attack off the dribble and collapsing on defense and we give them credit for when they found open three-point shooters". Philadelphia has seen the over go 4-0 in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. If he's going to take his game to the next level, though - especially in the postseason - spreading out his game would be ideal.

"They felt good about him playing, but it felt like if he went about 25, that would have been a little more risky". It set up a thrilling back-and-fourth final frame that saw four lead changes.

#5 Is Boston's run sustainable? But Al Horford was able to drive past Embiid for a layup with 8.3 seconds left. They are now in a 0-2 hole against the undermanned Celtics.

The 76ers present a number of matchup nightmares, and how the Celtics choose to defend them - and their resultant success or failure - will tell the story over the next couple of weeks.

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