Five immediate takeaways from Celtics Game 2 win over Philly

Five immediate takeaways from Celtics Game 2 win over Philly

The surprise of the night was the fact that Jaylen Brown was able to play.

Then after a 5-0 run by Boston, the Sixers scored six straight points on 3-pointers by Redick and Embiid to take an 88-86 lead with 7:42 to play.

Boston's lineup as they eradicated the Philadelphia lead made the run all the more surprising. He was 6-for-13 overall and added five rebounds, three assists and two steals. In their first round series with the Bucks, the home team prevailed in all seven contests.

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That's where Hart was for Philly's Game 2 tilt against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Boston's defense has a chance to answer Simmons Saturday in Philadelphia. "I think I'm looking at it with too much detail and not just playing". Trying to let the players figure things out, the Sixers didn't call a timeout while things were unraveling at the end of the half. But that didn't matter, as Smart's shot ignited Boston's flurry of points ahead of half. Celtics coach Brad Stevens schemed to disrupt Simmons, who has been one of the hottest players this postseason.

Despite the self-described worst game of his professional career, Simmons has still put together an impressive debut post-season.

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The next two games are in Cleveland. The Celtics shot 49 percent from 3-point range, while holding Philly to 19 percent from beyond the arc. The Celtics have executed that game plan about as well as any team could have, and Simmons' inability to shoot from the perimeter has been a clear factor in the 2-0 hole in which Sixers find themselves. Totals 40-92 10-14 103.

The Celtics outscored the Sixers in the final three quarters (86-72) after trailing 31-22 after one frame. He's going to have to step up for the 76ers to get back in the series.

Two free throws from Jayson Tatum tied the game once again, but Robert Covington answered by drilling a three with Chester-native Marcus Morris leaving the swingman with no room to breathe. Following a lethargic start that almost buried them, Boston shook it off and erupted for a game-defining 26-8 run. He told NBC Sports Boston that night that he expects to play Game 2.

On the Celtics' comebackI think the Celtics' defensive intensity went to a higher level.

Simmons had such a rough night that there was controversy around coach Brett Brown's decision to insert him back into the lineup for the final stretch, instead of leaning on back-up T.J. McConnell.

The Celtics did a great job defending him. Simmons has to be worlds better than he was in Game 2, where he was a -23 in plus/minus and outplayed by TJ McConnell. The Celtics are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Philadelphia, 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.