How Concerning Was Sixers Loss To Celtics In Game One?
In the Sixers loss in Game One versus the Celtics, the 76ers shot 19.2% from Three Point Range and were outscored in every quarter on Monday Night. Despite Joel Embiid scoring 31 Points, the rest of the team shot an underwhelming 37.1 percent from the field. The Sixers are now 0-4 versus the Celtics when Boston scores at least 100 points during the 2017-18 season and postseason while the Sixers are averaging only 96.4 Points per Game versus the Celtics; during the regular season the 76ers averaged 109.8 PPG.
The Sporting News NBA Writer Sean Deveney joined The Sports Bash on Wednesday with his concerns after Sixers loss to Celtics in Game One:
“If I’m concerned about anything as a Sixers fan, it was the way the Celtics were able to defend on Monday Night. I thought they did a great job guarding the three point line…Obviously if you go 5-26 the defense is doing something right – Look, Embiid had a good game against (Aron) Baynes and he’ll continue to have good games against Baynes but I think what the Celtics have done is say ‘We’ll live with (Embiid scoring) but we’re going to try to throw a bunch of different options at Simmons, make things difficult on him.’ I think you saw probably four defenders at different times (on Simmons)….If (Celtics) keep doing that, that’s probably the bigger concern for me is just how well they played defensively.”
Checkout what Deveney had to say about his expectations for the Sixers-Celtics series and perspective on 2018 NBA Playoffs