3 adjustments Sixers should look at for Game 2

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid adjusts his mask in the third quarter of play against the Miami Heat in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid adjusts his mask in the third quarter of play against the Miami Heat in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday

I still don't believe Boston will continue to shoot like that from three point range, but the Sixers must get a hand in the shooter's face.

"I feel like the love child of James Brown and Goldfinger in my dancing suit", Abdul-Jabbar tweeted. "I think, to look at this game, defensively, offensively, this isn't who we are". Among teams Covington faced at least three times during the regular season, the Celtics and Heat held him to his worst three-point percentages: 28.0 percent (7-for-25) and 20.8 percent (5-for-24), respectively. Embiid was the only Philly player to have any success from downtown, hitting two of his five attempts, but Embiid taking threes is a W for Boston.

No player has encapsulated the Boston Celtics' 2018 postseason more than Rozier has so far. After all, Fultz is in Philadelphia because the Celtics traded down two slots in the draft, acquiring Tatum and what will likely be next year's Sacramento Kings pick.

They pretty clearly didn't.

"There's a lot of stuff in the game plan that we didn't execute, especially with Al popping and being wide open", Embiid said. It sure felt like we were playing a good team today. "We just have to turn our eyes on to the next one".

What we weren't supposed to be doing was debating Tatum vs. Simmons.

After earning nearly a week off following their series against the Miami Heat, many expected the Philadelphia 76ers to have a slight advantage over the Boston Celtics in Game 1 on Monday night, even if they were forced to play on the road instead of home.

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Simmons is a rookie, of course.

But on Monday, several of the adults were unavailable, so Tatum took over.

"It's been great to see Jayson and Terry and just our guys play like that", Horford said. Simmons finished with 18 points, seven boards, six dimes, two steals, and one block in another incredible all-around performance.

Additionally, Boston was without Jaylen Brown for Game One of the second round. Playoff defense means team defense, so that requires every player to give all they got every time down the floor.

"I think they came ready to play and we were very rusty", Simmons said postgame.

That didn't stop a reporter from trying to get Tatum's thoughts on the topic.

The Cal product missed the game with a hamstring injury but vowed to return for Game 2 of the series, a gaudy measure to take, considering the gravity of such injury. He's an impressive talent with an extremely bright future. But perhaps there are a few comparisons from that 2008 championship team. 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.

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