Boston boogeyman returns to Philly: Sixers' loss to Celtics underlines familiar deficiencies

Arnold Nichols
February 14, 2019

Brad Stevens said that Irving's knee appeared to "buckle".

Kyrie Irving left Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers after tweaking his knee late in the second quarter.

Boston forward Marcus Morris could not hide his frustration after the Celtics blew a 28-point lead to lose the LA Clippers on Saturday.

Embiid finished with 23 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in his 37 minutes of action.

In the eight games these two teams have played since the start of last year's Eastern Conference semifinals, Embiid has shot just 25-for-70 (36 percent) against Horford, including 5-for-16 (31 percent) Tuesday, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Two days after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers on a buzzer-beater, the Boston Celtics dropped another tough game at home to an LA team.

Celtics: Host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

The Boston Celtics still own the Philadelphia 76ers no matter who is on the court. They'll face the 76ers in Philadelphia on Tuesday. "Those things happen and we all have to pick up for that".

"We understood Philly's been playing at a high level", Horford said.

"I mean, for me, it's not really about the loss", Morris said. Even though we're winning, it's still not fun. "To pull it out was special", said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who led Boston to the 2008 National Basketball Association championship.

Garrett Temple, Ivica Zubac, JaMychal Green and Landry Shamet all made their debuts for the Clippers after being acquired by Los Angeles at the trade deadline. "We fought, and that's what you have to do to have a chance to win". Whatever it takes, I'm with it.

"If they want to take me out of the starting lineup and get some juice in there, I'm with it", he continued. That's a win, I guess. We're going to have to play with the same kind of objective. "It's unacceptable for what we did with a team of our caliber". After topping Philly 112-109, the Kyrie Irving-less Celtics embraced one another on the floor at the Wells Fargo Center, following arguably their most impressive win of the season.

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