He added seven assists and five rebounds but generally failed to make an impact on the game as the Celtics swarming defense was able to take the ball out of his hands and neutralize his effectiveness as a playmaker.
He's still a rookie, but this is the rookie who averaged a triple-double as his team went 20-1 over the last 16 games of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs. Could the Celtics play J.J. Redick off the floor?
I had no experience with timeouts growing up because my father's imposing voice was usually all it took to make me and my brothers get in line.
"Would you have used a timeout in the last part of that second period?"
They're even finding out that Charles Barkley is more than just the comic relief for TNT's National Basketball Association coverage. He also amassed a -23 plus-minus in a five-point game two defeat. Fans had visions of the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals and Paul Pierce jumping on a table. The Sixers came into this series brimming with confidence, with a bevy of young stars of their own and one of the game's best big men in Joel Embiid, but the Celtics keep finding ways to defy the odds, and rookies like Jayson Tatum continue to play with the cool demeanor of been there, done that veterans.
Philadelphia needed Simmons. And in the biggest game of the season, Simmons put up a donut for the first time. That was something Embiid talked about as the team prepared for Game 2. But he also shot 8-for-22 last night (including 1-for-6 from downtown), got into foul trouble, and spent the fourth quarter ushering Boston slashers to the basket rather than challenging their shots. It was the first time in 433 games he was held to single digits.
The Green have exposed a different Philly flaw each night.
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The Celtics rank ninth in three pointers attempted per game (30.4) while the 76ers rank 17th in three pointers allowed per game (29.6).
The Celtics basically did to the Sixers what they did to Miami in the previous series.
"Twenty-five minutes was what I was told he could play". Through two games, Simmons is minus-44. How we punched them in the first quarter, they punched us back.
"I'm not really sure what the numbers are and the risk is".
Turnovers seem to come more easily on the road. Philly is still extremely talented and Boston hasn't been good on the road, so a Sixers win in Game 3 shouldn't surprise anybody. It may have been a product of aggression, but what happens when the Celtics (and most teams) don't get calls?
"I'm a very confident person every time I step on the court, that's not going to change", he said. Many were scratching their heads when Ainge sent the top pick (and the chance to take the consensus top prospect in Markelle Fultz) to Philadelphia for the third overall selection and a future protected pick, chalking it up as Trader Danny doing his thing.