5 ways the 76ers can get back in the series

On top of that, the Celtics started the series without their three best players-two of which are out for the season.

Game 3 was a pretty epic win - to say the least.

They do have some history with Boston in that the last time Philly was down 3-0 to Boston was when the Flyers were down 3-0 in the Conference Finals to the Bruins in 2010 and went on to win and then they proceeded to lose to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Finals.

Terry Rozier jumps the passing lane and comes up with the HUGE steal in overtime! If it had been, the shot would have won the game, capped an insane ending and cut Boston's series lead to one game. "Kept fighting. I just felt like we made a lot of winning plays down the stretch". At Butler University he broke the NCAA record for wins by a head coach in his first three seasons. Players trust his overall game plan and have faith in everything he draws up on the white board, as we've seen throughout the series. Nope, and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge admitted as much multiple times. Philadelphia saw Simmons make crucial mistakes with the game hanging in the balance in Game 3.

"You got to put your body on your defender, hold them off and now you got to pop for the ball". And when things get tight like they did Saturday night - when the opponents are hitting miracle shots and taking four-point leads in overtime - the kids turn to veteran Al Horford. The Celtics franchise knew they couldn't let this guy walk. I mean it wasn't close and they outscored the Sixers every quarter.

"I think the biggest thing is you're just focused on Monday", Boston coach Brad Stevens said.

"It was just natural instinct - right next to the rim, it's a shot I take".

But not every Philly team can beat one from New England in a big game. And I missed it. "I had to watch him make the shot on the ground".

James has since been sensational, 40.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 10.5 assists per game on 61.1 percent shooting.

Even if Boston's dominance has proved the Sixers still have a ways to go, Boston players would never admit to doing so.

Tatum said Embiid knew he was joking. "I was assuming Jo would come a little further out". Aside from the dependable Al Horford, this is the core driving the Celtics right now. Ditto for Jaylen Brown, who had 16 points. The total is set at 205.5 points. I'm so too large, but I guess it's exactly the match. It was a chance to score an easy two points. And while the endgame probably isn't a championship this season, this is one special team.

Sixers coach Brett Brown remained unconvinced.

With the Celtics missing the aforementioned Hayward and Irving, there were analysts who predicted that they could fall in the first round of these playoffs.

The entire team was not in the type of playoff mode they needed to be in a huge game at home. "So we'll take it like that". But we've got to come in tomorrow and really lock in. And going into my first playoffs, I was very confident", said the Florida product, drawing out the 'very.' "I was very relaxed. The opening night loss of Gordon Hayward followed by Kyrie Irving late in the regular season would have sunk most teams, but Boston is on the brink of the NBA's final four due to their team-first attitude.

  • Julie Sanders