Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics: Lineups, preview & prediction 5/8/18

Celtics survive confetti conundrum to win Game 3 vs. Sixers

Celtics survive confetti conundrum to win Game 3 vs. Sixers

Boston was not supposed to be in this position without injured All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, but the heart of his teammates, along with the moves made by head coach Brad Stevens, have put this team in position to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

On Wednesday night, Basketball fans will watch Sixers vs. Celtics live streaming online and televised game action.

Jayson Tatum had a team-high 20 points for Boston, while Marcus Morris added 17.

Philadelphia's Joel Embiid missed a potential game-tying layup with 12.5 seconds left before the 76ers turned the ball over. In the first three games, Boston outscored Philadelphia by 1, 9 and 4 points in the third quarter.

Smart was fouled on the ensuing inbound, and missed his first freebie.

Sixers point guard Ben Simmons said Embiid feeds off confrontations with the opposition. That's when the Sixers put Marcus Smart on the foul line. He finished with 14 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals in his 33 minutes off the bench. Embiid would turn the ball over after recovering his miss, giving the possession back to Boston, with the Celtics ahead by two points and only 10.8 seconds remaining on the game clock. In addendum to his scoring machine mode, McConnell played sensational defense against Terry Rozier, who posted just 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting in the Game 4.

The Sixers spent the second half in control in what could be their last home game of the season.

The basketball pundits are widely expecting Philadelphia to start McConnell in Game 5, but the 76ers can't count on another savage performance and will need their productions to be better.

The problem had begun with the 76ers forcing careless turnovers, which accommodated the Celtics, as they took led 19-18.

Tempers flared in Game Four between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics and Joel Embiid was at the center of it all. On Wednesday, they'll try to replicate that feat in an NBA Playoffs clash at TD Garden. However, Baynes' 3-pointer with 56 seconds to play sparked an 8-0 Boston run to end the half. "Both unselfish players. But I really like this group and those guys are still a part of that".

The Philadelphia 76ers simply would not go away. Saric beat Smart on a nice up-and-over to push Philadelphia's lead to 109-105. Boston now leads the series 3-1, but the Celtics were unable to close out the series with a sweep. Horford was his veteran self with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Coach Brett Brown rang in a couple of changes to his lineups, electing to go rather smaller than his stock starting five from the regular season as he plugged TJ McConnell into the role of starting point guard.

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