Before an upcoming home game against the Boston Celtics, the team will present Evan with his very own Sixers jersey on the same court on which his idol plays. How well Al Horford and Aron Baynes defend Dario Saric and Joel Embiid may determine if Boston wins this series. But the Celtics owned the best defense in the league against rival 3-point shooters this season, and they lived up to that billing by limiting the Sixers to just 5-of-26 from beyond the arc.
The video, featuring highlights of legends such as Celtics center Bill Russell and 76ers center Wilt Chamberlain, resonated with players. Tatum had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Rozier poured in 26 points and handed out nine dimes.
The Celtics' second-leading scorer in the first round with 17.9 points per game, Brown was finally ruled out about a half-hour before tipoff following a conversation with doctors, trainers and Horford.
Milwaukee cut the deficit to three points early in the third but Boston scored 11 of the last 15 points in the quarter.
Boston's Jaylen Brown (right hamstring strain) missed the game despite being a game-time decision.
In the final regular season matchup between the two teams Philadelphia was finally able to defeat the Celtics. But the 76ers pulled within 87-75 entering the fourth.
Celtics guard Terry Rozier was electric, repeatedly sparking his team with big plays, including seven three-pointers in his 29 points. Kyrie Irving didn't play.
While we were enjoying the Red Sox game, my cousin Dan was enjoying the Celtics game in dramatic playoff fashion.
That whole playoff series back in 2012 was a blow-for-blow kind of series between two playoff hopeful teams. But they've still got to go through Boston.
Horford didn't win this one alone.
Since then, Bledsoe has pretended he doesn't know who Rozier is. With a few more days to recover and build his stamina back up, Embiid should be a lot closer to 100 percent for Game 1 in Boston. Brown had said he was going to have an MRI and Stevens said tests were negative.
"I can't wait", Brown said to Sixers.com. Philadelphia is likely to return to its old self over the rest of the series. Boston will need him even better vs Philadelphia. He left Saturday night's clincher against the Bucks in the first quarter; the team announced that he was available to return but Stevens chose to play it safe. As the series progresses, Boston can't expect to dominate from the perimeter every night.
Stevens also spoke about the performance of rookie Jayson Tatum, saying he was "really consistent" during his 28-point effort. The Celtics have not lost a playoff game in Boston, nor have they won on the road.