The Philadelphia 76ers came into their series against the Boston Celtics as the favorites as they beat the Miami Heat somewhat easily. Boston was missing Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving and many were rolling with the up-and-coming youngsters from Philly. But the Brad Stevens led Boston Celtics have used their great defense, surgical execution of team offense, and veteran leadership to take a 3-1 lead. After the 76ers edged out game 4 to extend their season, head coach Brett Brown invited a mentalist to entertain the team with card tricks and mind-reading exercises.
Brett Brown hopes that this, along with the key play of T.J. McConnell, inches them one game closer to becoming the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-0 hole. McConnell had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in his first playoff start and did a great job defending Celtics’ guard Terry Rozier. However, Jayson Tatum is shooting 58% on his way to averaging 23 points per game so the Sixers will need to find a way to slow him down. Brown talked about having Robert Covington, Ben Simmons, and T.J. McConnell all getting a shot at guarding him for stretches during game 5.