Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Sixers Must Make A Commitment To Play Defense

Sixers Must Make A Commitment To Play Defense

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For Boston, their 3-point shooting exceeded all expectations, as they shot an unbeatable 17-of-35 (48.6%) from beyond. But in the end, they lost, 117-101.

He later added that the Celtics are the Sixers' "kryptonite" in the second-round series. Boston's advantage is its halfcourt defense, and limiting the number of possessions also masks the Celtics' medium-powered (at best) offense. There is no doubt that the 76ers have better talent right now, but the Celtics have a better idea of how to use their pieces to be in the best position, and the 76ers did not have enough of a talent edge to make up for what they were able to do. Boston led by 87-70 in the final minute of the third quarter when Philadelphia scored 9 straight points to pull within 9. But a pair of baskets by J.J. Reddick cut the deficit to 12-points, 87-75, heading into the fourth.

The video, featuring highlights of legends such as Celtics center Bill Russell and 76ers center Wilt Chamberlain, resonated with players.

But even though an improvement is all but guaranteed, Boston's defence should continue to make life hard for the 76ers' shooters.

It is just the second loss the 76ers have suffered since March 13.

"To look at this game defensively and offensively, this is not who we are", Sixers coach Brett Brown said. "That's 20 points sitting on our bench, so we tried to make up for that tonight".

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Ojeleye guarded Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo for much of the night - "a tall task" per Stevens's standards. Smart says that last nights win was big for the team and that their confidence is back to being high.

But maybe Game 1's win over the favorited Sixers, a team that came in on six days rest and with all the hype surrounding phenoms Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons ("Not a rookie!"), should be the one that finally - finally! - gets you to understand that this team won't go as far as you believe they'll go, but as far as they believe they can go.

Philly will hope to produce a better showing on both ends of the floor in Wednesday night's game two and look to even things up. But much like they have done all season, guys stepped up.

The Sixers didn't sign Covington to a 4-year, $62 million contract extension in November just for his defense (which is still good, Terry Rozier's 29 points Monday notwithstanding). Jayson Tatum had 28 points, and Al Horford chipped in 26.

"I think one of the adjustments will be just switching everything instead of letting them create some separation", Embiid said.

"I think our fans are louder than that", Embiid said. But the fact remains that Simmons plays more like a grown National Basketball Association veteran than a rookie, and the Celtics were supposed to need grown National Basketball Association veterans to counteract him.

The young swingman also lobbied to play in Game One, according to the report, which states that Brown attempted to convince Boston's medical staff that he was fit to play in the hours leading up to Monday's game.

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