Boston Celtics not 'caught up' with 3-0 lead over Philadelphia 76ers

Boston Celtics not 'caught up' with 3-0 lead over Philadelphia 76ers

Of course, Marcus Morris also responded by making hand gestures in front of Embiid's face denoting Boston's 3-0 series lead. The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to stave off elimination and come one step closer to making history. He finished with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists off the bench, while the not-usually-known-for-his-scoring Baynes had 13 points in just 24 minutes (plus nine rebounds).

"I represent the underdog season", Mill told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Playing better in Game 5 starts with doing a better job staying out of foul trouble - especially rookie Jayson Tatum, who is averaging 23.3 points per game in the series, but has been hampered with early fouls each of the last two games - and keeping the 76ers off the offensive glass.

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Even if Joel Embiid wasn't a lightning bolt of personality and even if Kevin Hart and company weren't stirring the pot in the stands, the ample bulletin board material seems to have lifted the Celtics just as it lifted the Eagles in January and February - following the loss, Boston still has two chances to clinch at home in the next three games. "We've joked a lot in those games whenever we play each other". "We took the taste of how it feels on the court after losing".

In the beginning of the season I think everybody had this eastern finals matchup pegged down but as the season went on, many people began to believe that neither one of these teams would make it.

Game 4 certainly felt the most like a throwback to the Celtics-76ers battles in the 1980s, thanks to an increased level of chirpiness between players that produced some face-to-face moments and multiple technical fouls. "We were able to steal one (in Game 3)". "We didn't want to go back to Philly".

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With a 3-1 series lead, Boston is obviously in the better position heading into Wednesday's game, but when seeing how good of a job Philadelphia did on Monday to extend this series, Brad Stevens knows this is going to be far from a walk in the park. If you take Belinelli out of the game plan entirely, that's one less shooter the Celtics need to keep track of while Simmons and Embiid control the ball. We'll see what else he cooks up as things head back to the TD Garden. Boston is unbeaten at home during these playoffs.

The 76ers opened as six-point favorites; the total is at 204.5, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.

The Sixers lived in the paint for the second straight game. The team will be without guard Shane Larkin who is dealing with a shoulder injury and is considered out of action for the "foreseeable future". If he's out Wednesday night, Boston would be down to an eight-man rotation. That came after the Sixers produced the most regular-season wins since going 56-26 during the 2000-01 campaign.

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