The Boston Celtics were clearly the superior team.
For those who aren't familiar with betting odds, the 76ers being -400 means that you would have to bet $400 to win $100 while putting $100 on the Celtics at +300 would result in a win of $300 if they take the series. The C's have been a markedly different team at home than on the road, and Rozier has been the poster child for that.
The Boston Celtics needed the full seven games to dispatch the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs, and now an even greater challenge lies ahead in the form of the red-hot Philadelphia 76ers. He averaged 17.9 points per game and 4.7 rebounds against the Bucks. In those four victories, Rozier averaged 22 points and made 14-of-28 from 3-point land. 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.
The season ended for the Bucks in a Game 7 against a team without its two best players. "The thing with him is he can play inside, outside, he can handle the ball, he's a screen-setter, he's a guy in transition that can bring it up, he can run the floor, he can do - you name it, he can do those things".
Al Horford had 26 points and seven rebounds for Boston, which will host Game 2 on Thursday night.
But Rozier's massive production, even though it's mainly occurring in the friendly confines of TD Garden, has been a playoff revelation for Boston.
"It looks like it could be something that allows him to play as the series goes on", Stevens said. Now it's Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons matching up with Al Horford and the injury-depleted Celtics. "You've got two guys that want to win, two chippy guys".
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While his form has continued to go from strength to strength, his output against the Boston Celtics during the regular season was below his lofty standards. I feel Rozier and Tatum will continue to grow and improve and will continue to provide what the Celtics need to pull off the series win.
The first overall pick in the 2016 draft who sat out all of previous year with an injury, Simmons was heckled by the Boston crowd with chants of "Not a Rookie!" And what can fans and the Bucks organization take away from what transpired to help them better understand how to move forward? He will be tasked with slowing down Simmons, so he should see a lot of court time, which should lead to fantasy points.
Stopping the Sixers could be an issue for the Celtics, as five Philly players, led by JJ Redick (20 points), are averaging 16.5 or more points in the postseason.
"They're playing great. Got a great team, great coach", said Stevens.
"They are a bear to play against". 76ers vs Celtics live stream is on TNT stream.
Stevens said guard Jaylen Brown still had some soreness from a hamstring injury he sustained in Game 7 and is doubtful for Game 1 against the Sixers.
Brown said after the Celtics' Game 7 victory that trainers believed he had a Grade 1 sprain.