With a 102-94 win in Game 3 on Friday night, the Boston Celtics took a 3-0 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers. While Jayson Tatum led the way for the Celtics in their first two wins, it was Kemba Walker who carried the load for Boston in Game 3. Walker hit big after big shot for Boston, and he finished. the game with 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Jaylen Brown added 21 points for the Celtics, while Tatum was capped at just 15.
Since he has all the series, Joel Embiid led the way for the 76ers.
He finished the game with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Embiid got some help from the Philadelphia backcourt as Shake Milton and Josh Richardson both scored 17 points. In the end, it wasn’t enough, and now the Sixers find themselves with only one defeat before the end of their season. For what it’s worth, no team in NBA history has ever returned from a 3-0 drop to continue and win the series. Philadelphia will have the opportunity to be first, but history is clearly not on their side.
Game 4 between the Celtics and the 76ers is expected to change on Sunday at 13:00. E. Below you can find three tips from Game 3:
1. Embiid is in dire need of help
In addition to some late turnovers in Game 3, Embiid had a great streak for the Sixers. So far he’s averaged 30 points and 13 rebounds per game, but he didn’t have enough help. With Ben Simmons sidelined, the Sixers need all of their other key contributors to rally, and that didn’t happen. The Sixers signed both Tobias Harris and Al Horford to massive contracts in the last offseason, and neither have been able to deliver at all for the amount paid. Horford has combined for a meager 16 points in his first three games, and Harris, a player who should have been a scorer for Philadelphia, has scored a total of 43. It will already be an uphill battle, and the Sixers do it ‘They will have absolutely no chance to move forward in this series if they don’t get much more production from the other guys around Embiid who should be the key contributors. BTS ‘first English song is “Dynamite”
2. The Celtics continue to dominate the battle of the benches
After the Celtics lost striker Gordon Hayward for the remainder of the series in Game 1, it looked like Boston’s depth, or lack thereof, could become an issue. However, this was not a problem. The Boston bench doubled the Philadelphia bench producing 41-20 points in Game 2, and the same happened in Game 3. Led by Grant Williams (seven points) and Enes Kanter (six points), the Boston bench once again doubled on Philly 20 to 9. In fact, Alec Burks was the only reserve player to score for the Sixers on Friday night, and that won’t do the job for Philadelphia.
3. History is on the side of the Celtics
If the Celtics ultimately lose this game, they will be the first team in NBA history to take a 3-0 lead in a best-of-7 series. Based on their first three games, the Celtics have failed. much to fear. They completely outdid the Sixers on both sides of the pitch and it became increasingly clear how much Ben Simmons misses the Sixers. Without him, they struggled to generate open gazes from the offensive end or save defensive saves. The Sixers held out in two of three losses, so it’s possible they could score a Game 4 win, but to say the Sixers are extremely unlikely to have a three-game winning streak is an understatement. There is hardly any chance of this happening. If the Celtics continue to win the series, they will likely face the defending champions Toronto Raptors in the second round, the Raptors currently lead 3-0 in their series against the Brooklyn Nets.
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— Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 22, 2020