Tatum shines, Brown returns as Celtics beat 76ers in Game 2

Tatum shines, Brown returns as Celtics beat 76ers in Game 2

Tatum shines, Brown returns as Celtics beat 76ers in Game 2

Considering the Celtics swapped picks with the Sixers at No. 3, with Philly going for MarkelleFultz and the Celtics for Tatum, it's a draft night deal that may rankle Philly fans for quite some time.

After the Bucks took a 10-3 lead, the Celtics responded with a 7-1 run to pull within one at 11-10 after a Tatum jumper at 6:02. I think there's a physicality and switch-ability that they got apples for apples on many, many different matchups.

During Monday's edition of "First Things First" on Fox Sports 1, Wright explained why he only can think of one scenario in which the Celtics take down the 76ers in the best-of-seven series.

The Celtics struggled out of the gate, as J.J. Redick lit them up in the early going. That being said, if the 76ers do not find a way to contain and disrupt these players, while also thinking about accounting for Brown if he comes back at 100 percent, they will not get back into this series.

20-year-old rookie sensation Jayson Tatum led the way for Boston with 21 points, and scored 16 of those points in the second half.

Tatum led the Celtics with 21 points, while Rozier and Marcus Smart scored 20 and 19 respectively. McConnell had eight points, five assists and two steals in 17 minutes.

While their disappointing Game 1 loss could be credited to rust from their lay-off, given they had close to six days off since eliminating the Miami Heat in 5 games, there were no excuses for the loss in Game 2. And why wasn't he calling timeouts to stop the Celtics' momentum when they turned the game around with a 20-5 run at the end of the first half?

Boston's lineup as they eradicated the Philadelphia lead made the run all the more surprising.

The Celtics averaged 112.5 points in their pair of wins at TD Garden - an impressive feat against a top defensive team such as the Sixers and Boston's outside shooting had a lot to do with that.

Boston are uniquely equipped to take away Simmons' driving runways by throwing long bodies at him. The Sixers moved the ball, getting double-digit performances in the first two quarters from three starters. Brown is not too far behind, tallying 17.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

J.J. Redick had 23 points for the 76ers, making five 3-pointers.

To say Thursday's Game 2 meeting against the Boston Celtics was a game to forget for Ben Simmons would be a huge understatement after the Philadelphia 76ers rookie just couldn't figure out a way to get into a groove, no matter how hard he tried.

But it won't happen without Ben Simmons leading the way.

Sixers coach Brett Brown said the decision to sit Fultz hasn't come without some second-guessing.

They are nearly certain to enjoy better than 2-for-7 3-point shooting from J.J. Redick, and can expect Dario Saric and Robert Covington not to again combine to shoot 0-for-8. Boston has a world of confidence after their comeback win but the question will remain whether they can come up with a win on the road after they failed in three opportunities against Milwaukee in the opening round.

Philly made an effort in the first quarter to close out on its opponents, but as the game progressed the Celtics slowly created space easily and were able to free up easy looks.

Game 2 brought up some serious questions, some we weren't contemplating earlier and some that we still don't have the answers too. I am going to play within my game.

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