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Sixers' C Joel Embiid had 31 points of his own, but the Sixers shot just over 19% from deep, hitting only 5 of the team's 26 three point attempts.

Game 2 is Thursday night in Boston. Conversely, when Jayson Tatum shot free throws, they chanted, "He's-a-roo-kie!" to make a point.

The Sixers, who held opponents to the lowest opponent field goal and three-point shooting percentages in the National Basketball Association, allowed the Celtics to shoot an impressive 48.2 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from three. For the first time in four playoff appearances, Embiid failed to register a block, and his inattentive and lackadaisical moments contributed to Philadelphia's sluggish overall performance.

He told reporters, "It starts on defense". "I thought I was s--ty. We weren't ready tonight". Asking Baynes to stop Embiid entirely is a tall order, but he can slow the Sixers big man down and provide a consistent physical presence. The Celtics knew how to capitalize off of Sixers mistakes that just allowed them to pull away in the end.

And the rivalry simmers during the regular season, too; that infamous brawl between Julius Erving and Larry Bird came during an early season game in 1984. Team brad Stevens has managed to confound the skeptics, shipped in basket from the first capital 117 points. "We need more of that from him". The Celtics have a lot of young players that want to prove they are making the leap as a high quality National Basketball Association starter, and they become incredibly risky when multiple options come together like they did in game one. "That can't happen. He's a pretty good shooter and you have to respect that".

The 28 points from Jayson Tatum, a career high from the guy the Sixers passed on as the No. 1 pick last spring, instead choosing to go with Markelle Fultz, who was notable for his zero-points-in-zero-minutes absence. As a result, the Sixers' outside shooting and ball movement in the half-court lagged.

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. While the Celtics got by without him in Game One, if he can play, the Celtics will have a much better shot at going up 2-0 when the series moves to Philadelphia. His favourite part? That aforementioned 1984 fight, with "Dr. J and Larry Bird holding each other's necks", Embiid said.

"Yeah. I was fine", Embiid added. It didn't bother me.

Injuries have plagued this elite team all season, but it has never really seemed to bother them. "There's a lot of stuff that we game-planned that we didn't execute".

Embiid's harsh, but accurate, self-assessment clearly matters more than his comparative decibel analysis. The Celtics took a committee approach, using a combination of Horford's athleticism, Semi Ojeleye's fire-hydrant-like stature, and Marcus Morris' all-around abrasiveness to hold Simmons at bay.

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