Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Five keys for Sixers to stay alive vs. Celtics

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Cassandra Gardner | 13 May, 2018, 15:17

The Philadelphia 76ers took them to the final seconds, but Jayson Tatum's layup with 22 seconds broke the night's final tie before Marcus Smart intercepted the final desperation pass that secured Boston's 114-112 victory.

T.J. McConnell turned a surprise start into the save of the season and Dario Saric scored 25 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers stave off elimination in a 103-92 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 on Monday night. Boston is led by power forward Al Horford, rookie small forward Jayson Tatum, point guard Terry Rozier, shooting guard Jaylen Brown, point guard Marcus Smart and power forward Marcus Morris.

Game 7 (if necessary): Cleveland at Boston, Sunday, May 27 at 8:30 p.m. McConnell had a career-high 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in only his second start of the season and meshed well in the backcourt with Ben Simmons. He found some life in Game 4, but the Celtics' three wins all came in games in which Simmons was mostly a non-factor.

The Sixers refused to go away quietly. But Sixers fans better hope the Celtics underdog ride doesn't get past the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The total has gone over in 11 of Boston's last 14 games. This is a team that went 20-1 SU in its previous 21 games before losing the series opener and has not lost more than three straight since December 23.

He knows the Celtics can cover the spread if they sweep the defensive boards.

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This is a team that is built to be a force in the eastern conference now and for the future but they still need to get through the King of the east, which is something nobody has been able to do for the past several seasons.

"He's made for this", Stevens said.

After Rozier inadvertently referred to Bledsoe as "Drew Bledsoe", the former New England Patriots quarterback, when speaking to the media, Bledsoe repeatedly insisted to reporters that he didn't know Rozier's name. They struggled to match the 76ers' physicality in Game 4 but return to the friendly confines of TD Garden with another chance to close out the series.

Brad Stevens has never put much stock in coach of the year awards. Fizdale went 50-51 as coach of the Grizzlies.

Houston's James Harden seems like the probable victor of the NBA's MVP award this season, with the only other realistic candidate for top honors probably LeBron James. "We got a lot of talented guys".

The 76ers went inside to Joel Embiid, who missed his initial shot and got the rebound stripped by Rozier with 10.8 seconds to play. Horford made the free throw, and Baynes made two for the original foul to give Boston a 75-63 lead, its biggest of the game to that point. TIP-INS Celtics: G Shane Larkin left with a left shoulder injury in the first quarter. Boston was 6-for-20 in the third, with six turnovers, watching a nine-point lead wither to one.

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