Tatum helps lead Celtics to victory

Lawrence Kim
May 2, 2018

As Bucks' underwhelming season ends, Giannis Antetokounmpo's franchise faces many questions (read here): CBS Sports' James Herbert reflected on the Bucks' season and looked at where they go from here with their big summer ahead and maximizing their window with Giannis Antetokounmpo at the forefront of their organization.

Freshness factor - The Sixers will obviously be the much fresher team coming into this Game 1 after close to a full week off.

Simmons and Embiid are the two obvious danger men for the Sixers, and even with the Celtics' impressive defense, they should continue to get their numbers.

Celtics' Shane Larkin, $1,600: Larkin saw some more minutes in Game 7 against the Bucks due to the injury to Jaylen Brown.

Rozier is averaging a team-high 36 minutes per game in the playoffs. It's nearly impossible to win a playoff game in 2018 when someone who started the season as a backup point guard makes more threes than your whole team.

The Boston Celtics can not seem to shake the "underdog" label. As the series progresses, Boston can't expect to dominate from the perimeter every night.

Dario Saric scored, and Tatum converted again, this time with a drive.

The 76ers are rightfully favorited against the Celtics. Philadelphia led at one point by 22 in the second quarter but the lead was down to 9 by halftime. Jaylen Brown is one possibility.

Game two will take place in Boston on Thursday.

Marcus Smart got the start in Game 1 against Philadelphia with Brown out, but it was Terry Rozier, Al Horford and Jayson Tatum who stepped in to replace Brown's production. Kyrie Irving didn't play.

Bucks: Have an 0-18 record in playoff series in which they've lost the first two games. This series would've been great if Irving was available but he's out for the playoffs and that should give the young 76ers squad a huge boost in confidence. But even when Embiid was out, the Sixers more than held their own. He is heading to Boston and has the chance to really show how talented he is.

76ers' Ben Simmons, $15,600: Simmons has been the best play for the 76ers in the playoffs. We know that Al Horford is going to be the most important, and he has been successful against the most talented unicorns all season long.

Sixers coach Brett Brown is familiar with the Philadelphia and Boston matchups of the 1980s, having grown up in South Portland, Maine, US. Boston's advantage is its halfcourt defense, and limiting the number of possessions also masks the Celtics' medium-powered (at best) offense. Boston's starters outscored Philadelphia's starters 98-84. He was a solid contributor with 11 points and 5 rebounds, but he may not be needed to be among the top scorers with Horford, Rozier and Tatum taking on that role. They have been lead by their two rising young stars in Embiid, and the favorite to win the National Basketball Association rookie of the year, Ben Simmons. "But they're a big, physical team".

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