One of the biggest drivers of their success has been rookie Jayson Tatum, who ESPN reported is averaging 23 points per game in the series. That wouldn't happen. Smart picked off Simmons' long inbounds pass as the buzzer sounded and the Celtics advanced. However, since the Sixers and their fans still believe this series is far from over, let's took at three key ways the team can pull off another epic win against the Celtics in Game 5 to force this series to extend into the weekend.
It looked to be derailed for sure when Marcus Smart suffered a torn ligament in his thumb in March, followed by Kyrie Irving being sidelined for the season a month later following a pair of knee surgeries. "That describes him so well". He didn't care if he got hurt - he was coming down with the ball. Smart came off the bench.
Increasingly the league also has had to put its money on the Celtics.
The Celtics have taken each of the first three games versus the 76ers straight up as underdogs, and they have also won six of the past seven meetings SU and against the spread dating back to the regular season, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.
An exhausted looking Al Horford didn't want to talk about the Cavs last night, though.
Coach Brad Stevens said this group has never stopped playing together despite all the challenges they've faced.
"S-, I'm ready to go now", Morris said.
The only thing delaying it is one more victory against a 76ers team intent on not becoming the latest to join a dubious National Basketball Association club. "They are an A+ to me, and they are versatile in a way that we haven't experienced this year".
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Boston held a plus-3 advantage in points on turnovers through the first three games of the series.
On the 76ers next possession, Joel Embid got the ball in the post, but missed a shot from directly under the basket while guarded by Aaron Baynes.
It was Rozier's first turnover in the fourth quarter of the playoffs. That set the stage for Tatum's layup off a scramble and the C's made enough free throws to survive a 26-foot 3-pointer from J.J. Redick.
But, even through all that, one thing is abundantly clear: the Sixers are still a few pieces away from being legitimate contenders.
Marcus Smart split free throws, making his second on what was supposed to be an intended miss.
"Obviously, it is a pretty special and the most unforgettable moment in the game series", McConnell said. "I think tonight was a night where he really stepped up and gave us the energy and allowed everybody else to really feed off that".