Boston Celtics: Three Takeaways From Game 2 Vs. 76ers

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Markelle Fultz, who was "traded" from the Celtics to the Sixers, who accepted Boston's first pick in the draft, did not play against the Celtics in the four games but has since returned.

The timeout Brown didn't take in the second quarter while the Celtics were mounting a 20-5 run, nearly wiping out a 22-point Sixers lead, remains a huge topic for discussion.

That proved to be all the Celtics needed.

The Sixers began the game with a quick 8-0 run to surprise the home team.

"They couldn't have been favored the first two games, could they?" Here's a look at three takeaways from their Game 2 performance against the Celtics. We can't ignore the run the Sixers went on at the end of the year. Boston led by as many as eight in the third quarter and took the lead for good on Marcus Morris's three with 4:13 to play.

The Celtics were led by Jayson Tatum's 21 points and Smart's 19 points. 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.


But head coach Brad Stevens didn't worry as much. Philadelphia's edge has come at the line as they hit 76 percent of their chances at the stripe. On the flip side, the 76ers have never won when falling into an 0-2 series hole.

"That's the thing, I'm going to have bad games". It features 41 Hall of Famers including legends such as Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Chet Walker, Billy Cunningham, Julius Erving, Maurice Cheeks on the Philadelphia 76ers side.

The 76ers' JJ Redick found his shooting touch and buried five of nine three point attempts for 23 points. Redick (5-of-9 3-pointers) and Robert Covington (4-of-7 3-pointers) got hot from deep.

The 76ers' Ben Simmons scored just one point in 31 minutes of play in Thursday night's 108-103 loss to the Celtics.

Philadelphia has to regroup in a hurry and Brett Brown has to get his team to put their Game 2 meltdown in the rear view mirror. They are 36-0 in that scenario.

They had fought back perfectly against what the Celtics did to them in Game 1 and what they tried to do to them again Thursday night. For a young and inexperienced player, it can be hard to tune out all the noise, and that's why Sixers legend Allen Iverson reportedly reached out to him to offer some words of encouragement as he tried to bounce back in Game 3. This is a big part of the outcry to play him - as the player he was effectively traded for dominated Game 1 for Boston, how could there not be some feeling of doubt about the future? The Celtics beat the Bucks in Games 1 and 2 before going to Milwaukee to drop Games 3 and 4. Up 2-1, LeBron got nervous and shot 3-for-11 for a season-low 8 points in a series-changing loss. Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart all did a great job contributing, but it is the first three that have stepped things up in this series the most.

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