Boston Celtics: Terry Rozier scary good in Game 1 victory over 76ers

Arnold Nichols
May 2, 2018

The Boston Celtics weren't supposed to be able to score the ball particularly easily against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The other Eastern Conference series, No. 1 Toronto versus No. 4 Cleveland, kicks off Tuesday night. They're healthy, and they came to Boston well-rested after getting five days off following their first-round ousting of the Miami Heat.

Boston, who advanced to the semi-finals after a grueling seven-game series win over Milwaukee, have regrouped superbly after a slew of injuries, which means they are without stars Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward. The Celtics, however, are not fielding any normal backups, and are making sure the injury drop off is not almost as steep as people thought it would be.

"This was a very poor game for us and I give credit to the Celtics for producing that". We already knew that, but Monday night was a nice reminder for the rest of the National Basketball Association. Rozier finished the contest with 29 points, and an unbelievable 7-of-9 from beyond the arc, and added eight rebounds, and six assists. LeBron James said he was "burnt" after the Cavs' Game Seven win against IN, so fans will pay attention to whether he has recovered enough for Cleveland to take this imperative game. Golden State leads that series, 1-0. His favourite part? That aforementioned 1984 fight, with "Dr. J and Larry Bird holding each other's necks", Embiid said.

The first overall pick in the 2016 draft who sat out all of previous year with an injury, Simmons was heckled by the Boston crowd with chants of "Not a Rookie!" Ben Simmons had 18 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.


But Boston's own rookie outplayed Simmons in just about every way.

Chamberlain, my pick as the GOAT over Lebron, Michael Jordan and whoever else you care to mention, was an offensive force. Marco Bellinelli, who entered the night as the top bench scorer in the playoffs, only managed two three-point attempts and was a minus-23 in 28 minutes. You will not win many playoff games when you start out by missing 15 of your first 20 shots. Yes, he's having some fun with the Bledsoe thing, but he's still locked in and making a huge impact for Boston. He also drained seven triples, which was two more than the entire Sixers team.

Belinelli, meanwhile, isn't as solid of a defender as Redick and that was evident when Boston went after him over and over again whenever he was on the floor.

He also has some pretty sweet kicks. "It's not easy", Al Horford. Horford did what he and the Celtics did all night and buried the shot. Before he glued himself to Joel Embiid in the half court, he routinely sprinted back on defence and helped slow his fellow countryman down.

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