What to Watch: Sixers vs Celtics, Game 5
Its Game 5 tonight in Boston where the Sixers are looking to bring the series back to Philadelphia on Friday night.
The Sixers inserted T.J. McConnell into the starting lineup for Robert Covington and it was just the spark they needed. What kind of answer and adjustment will Brad Stevens make?
Should be interesting to find out.
- Celtics: 16-2 at home with a chance to clinch as a top-2 seed (only losses: vs Magic in 2009 Conf Semis, vs Bucks in 1987 Conf Semis)
- Celtics: 6-0 at home this postseason (1-4 on road); have not started 7-0 or better at home in a postseason since 2008 (started 9-0)
- Jayson Tatum (BOS): 6 straight games with at least 20 points; FROM ELIAS: tied with David Robinson for 3rd-longest streak by a rookie in NBA playoff history (Lew Alcindor – 10, Donovan Mitchell - 7)
- Terry Rozier (BOS): 22.8 PPG in 6 home games this postseason (12.8 PPG in 5 road games)
- Al Horford (BOS): has not lost a potential series-clinching home game in his career (3-0 with Hawks, 2-0 with Celtics)
- 76ers: have not won consecutive games in the same series facing elimination since the 2002 first round (also vs Celtics)
- 76ers: Starting 5 (Simmons, McConnell, Redick, Saric & Embiid) outscored Celtics starters by 21 in Game 4 (outscored by 15 in 1st 3 games)
- Joel Embiid (PHI): has a double-double in each of his last 6 games; Dikembe Mutombo was the last 76ers player with a double-double in 7 straight playoff games (11 straight in 2001)
- T.J. McConnell (PHI): 76ers have outscored Celtics by 38 with McConnell on court this series (+18 in Game 4)
- Ben Simmons (PHI): 5 double-doubles this postseason, the most by a 76ers rookie since Charles Barkley had 8 in 1985
From ESPN Stats and Info.
76ers at Celtics (Celtics lead series 3-1), Listen tonight on 97.3 ESPN, coverage begins at 8pm.