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Jaylen Brown Doubtful For Celtics-Sixers Game 1

07 May 2018

"I think it was self-inflicted", Simmons said about his poor game. "Mentally, I was thinking too much, overthinking the plays". Once he landed, the eager 21-year-old simply turned around and jogged back up the court just he normally would. I think, obviously I know what their game plan is. While that pattern would prove beneficial to the Celtics again in this series as they have home court advantage, you'd like to think they'd like to have a little more wiggle room than a victor take all situation like they had with Milwaukee. The Celtics forced Simmons to turn the ball over five times and contained his drives, limiting him to only one point on seven drives to the basket, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

"It took everybody", Boston's Marcus Smart said.

"I think it was mainly what I did to myself".

He said the Miami Heat, who the 76ers convincingly beat in the first round of the playoffs 4-1, were more physical than Boston.

Part of the Sixers' struggles were directly tied to Ben Simmons and his stark lack of productivity.

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He had been averaging a near triple-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

He has been reduced to a spectator after a down regular season that saw him go through shooting issues and miss 68 games with a shoulder injury. Rather than attacking the obvious mismatch and taking Baynes to the rim, he threw a rainbow across the paint to a heavily-guarded Dario Saric, who didn't get the shot off in time. "But we're headed home now". In 25 minutes of action in Game 2, he would post 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting with four rebounds. Boston used Philadelphia's stagnation to create turnovers, scoring 16 points off changes of possession alone and beating up the Sixers in the transition game, 19-16. Embiid jumped out to cover him, giving Horford the open lane for the drive and the easy score with 8.3 seconds left, giving Boston a five-point lead.

He could have left McConnell in and kept his star rookie on the bench.

Then Terry Rozier started to play point guard with such unexpected savvy that, in some circles, it is being whispered that the Celtics are better for the exchange.

After the game, Marcus Morris was told Vegas had picked Philadelphia to edge Boston once again. The club ended up losing by five, getting outscored 17-10 to close the game.

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I don't want to say Simmons wasn't trying.

"I believe you will see a different team tonight".

The underdog's victory was keyed by a 22-point comeback in the second quarter and made possible by a 1-point effort from Philadelphia's Ben Simmons.

The Sixers have some adjustments to make heading into Game 3 on Saturday. The Celtics still have the best coach in this series, and defense always travels. So in honor of his poor performance in Game 2 against Boston, here are three reasons why Thursday marked the worst game of the young career for Simmons, which will hopefully become a learning lesson for the youngster. We know what kind of team we have and what kind of talent we have. Nobody is panicking in the locker room, nobody's freaking out. "We're staying together as a team". He knows he is pushing to get back, but he also needs to be smart to not push too much.

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Jaylen Brown Doubtful For Celtics-Sixers Game 1