Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics - 5/7/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Horford gushed about his coach's whiteboard prowess after Stevens twice drew up after-timeout plays that delivered layups at critical junctures of Boston's 101-98 overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.

There are lost series and then there are nightmarish series shutouts to never forget. No matter, for the Sixers still had a chance to win, down one in overtime and. another turnover. Furthermore, with a trip to the Eastern Conference finals seemingly on the horizon, Boston has proved that its "process" not only deserves to be celebrated, but also is one that should be trusted, perhaps even more than Philly's.

"After things begin poorly, everybody just kind of looks at Al, for example, coaches", " Stevens said.

Yet here, they are, on the brink of the Conference Finals (again) using a team of role players, rookies and forgotten bench men.

"We shouldn't get caught up". That's zero wins in 129 career series. So the table of expectations is set. On top of all of that, they just so happened to have gotten hot and are hitting all their shots.

"We don't want to get swept because we don't want to get swept. I hate to say it was youth". "Obviously it's going to be hard, but we're up for the challenge". "But it is borne out of competitiveness, not sort of the history to date that we've had this season with this team". Enough to fill a basketball encyclopedia dating back a half-century.

"A minumum of of his players refers to him as aldquo;guru". But sweeps are serious business, and perhaps can leave a hangover into the next season.

Brown prefers to think he already knows the answer.

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Nor will he ignore the talent that the opposing team fields; from Sixers head coach Brett Brown down to the rarely utilized Markelle Fultz, the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Sixers have amassed far more talent on the sidelines than their 3-0 deficit tells. We're here at home.

"The spirit of the group is great".

Boston has shot better than the 76ers from beyond the arc and the free throw line in 2-out-of-3 of the games. That would give Boston some much-needed rest, especially given Jaylen Brown's hamstring injury.

Confetti Guy - who declined to give his name - came over to press row and said the Sixers "better win or I'm done". "At times you're seeking buckets".

The out-of-bounds play he called at the end of the game was so smart because he made sure that he ran that play a lot during the game, so that option to Horford was available.

"Al is our leader". I think we need to go out there and just play and not think about that. He is flexible; witness the countless lineups and combinations we've seen.

Robert Covington even got a crack at the rookie, but Tatum still finished with 24 on 11/17 shooting in game three.

"I'm proud of him, the way he's tried to come in and help our team". Brad Stevens is one of if not the best basketball coach in the world! Luckily, Marco Belinelli beat the buzzer to send the game to overtime. "Kept fighting. I just felt like we made a lot of winning plays down the stretch".