Boston Celtics: Terry Rozier scary good in Game 1 victory over 76ers

76ers’ unbending faith in Ben Simmons may have buried them

Modal Trigger Ben Simmons guarded by Marcus Smart in Game 2. Getty Images

"That's one of the things we need to look at and reassess", said Simmons, who finished with 18 points, six assists, seven rebounds and seven turnovers.

The Celtics got off to a hot start in Game 1 at the TD Garden and really poured it on late as they secured a 117-101 victory to kickoff the second round series.

While Boston has grown accustomed to playing without two of their superstars, they were forced to do without another star player Monday night, Jaylen Brown.

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Simmons, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft who sat out all of previous year with an injury, was heckled by the Boston crowd with chants of "Not a rookie!" "We're gonna have to fix some things".

It was an unlikely moment, and one Philadelphia coach Brett Brown would probably point to as evidence that his players simply didn't meet their usual standards.

The threes weren't falling last night for the Sixers, but it was their lack of consistency on the defensive side of the ball that doomed them. What we did learn, however, is that if Boston's active talent plays to the potential that they have shown in flashes, the 76ers will not get anything else in this series, and can not afford any of their top players to have a bad performance.

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"I think our fans are louder than that", Embiid said. Redick is an above average defender, but he's more suited to guard players his own size, which is why Brown will likely adjust by moving him onto Smart.

Philly will probably hit more shots going forward, but if the Celtics play perimeter defense like they did on Monday, they're not going to get very many good looks. 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. Though he knows other teams in the East remain relevant, he thinks there is enough young talent on the current 76ers and Celtics rosters to give the rivalry a rebirth. "Because I grew up in New England and I'm not young". Unfortunately for this Sixers squad, the best team doesn't always win.

The first half of the contest showed just how rusty the Sixers were with six days off from Game 5 last Tuesday.

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Tatum has now scored 20 or more in three straight games, the first Boston rookie to do so in the playoffs since Larry Bird accomplished the feat in four straight playoff tilts during the 1980 playoffs.

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