The Boston Celtics will be looking their first road victory of the 2018 NBA Playoffs and a 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers when the latter play host the former on Saturday.
The Celtics have been incredible at home-court this 2018 NBA Playoffs, with 6-0 winning streak at TD Garden thanks to their exciting 108-103 Game 2 win that put the team up 2-0 over the 76ers in the Eastern Conference Semis. The Boston haven’t yet won on their road contest, though, and they will be trying to turn those lucks in the third game of the second round on Saturday.
The Celtics secured its 2-0 lead with another far-fetched win in a season. A 22-point 76ers lead was no match for the Boston, and they made the massive plays down the stretch to clinch the victory.
Celtics’ rookie Jayson Tatum led the victory posting 21 points, marking his fourth postseason game in a row with 20 or more points. Terry Rozier, on the other hand, bounced back from an terrible start to control decision time and conclude the contest with 20 points. He has really scrambled on the road in these postseason (27.8 percent shooting), so the Celtics will rely on him to turn that around against the Sixers.
Jaylen Brown has finally returned to the court off hamstring injury in Game 2 to make a strike in his 25 minutes play. If the Philadelphia are going to turn this series in favor to their side, the franchise will be needing a better games from their two key players. Ben Simmons was a complete no-show in the most recent matchup as Al Horford and the Celtics’ first-rate defense totally shut him down. Joel Embiid will also need unleash his best performance.
Despite injuries to their roster’s multiple key players, the Boston’s 55-27 NBA regular-season record was the second best in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers, who finished with a 52-30 streak, defeated the Miami Heat in a compelling five games, becoming the first ball club in the East to advance on to the conference semifinals.
The Boston Celtics will try to take a domination 3-0 lead by winning Game 3 on Philadelphia 76ers’ home court, but the Sixers will try their very best to intercept them off.
How to watch Celtics-76ers Game 3
- Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
- Time: 5 p.m. ET
- Where: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- TV Broadcast: ESPN
- Live Stream: WatchESPN.com or WatchESPN app
Celtics-Sixers Series Schedule
- Game 1 in Boston: Celtics 117, 76ers 101
- Game 2 in Boston: Celtics 108, 76ers 103
- Game 3 in Philadelphia: Saturday, May 5, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN
- Game 4 in Philadelphia: Monday, May 7, 6:00 p.m. ET, TNT
- *Game 5 in Boston: Wednesday, May 9, TBA, TNT
- *Game 6 in Philadelphia: Friday, May 11, TBA, ESPN
- *Game 7 in Boston: Sunday, May 13, TBA
* = If necessary