Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Brown Returns to Starting 5, Kick-Starts Series-Clinching Win Over Philly

Brown Returns to Starting 5, Kick-Starts Series-Clinching Win Over Philly

The season may be over for the Philadelphia 76ers and it wasn't pretty the way they went out against the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals but remember "The Process" is just beginning.

Considering how things played out, that may be fair to say as the Sixers made far too many mistakes and couldn't come up with the clutch baskets when they needed it most in a series with three games decided by five points or fewer (all losses for the Sixers). Starting for the first time since a hamstring injury suffered in the first round kept him out of Game 1, Brown scored 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting, grabbed 4 rebounds, and badgered overwhelmed Sixers phenom Ben Simmons on defense. Keep in mind this was a Sixers team coming off a 10-win season a year ago, and to see them advance as far as they did in the playoffs was truly incredible, as Brett Brown knows the future is bright for his team. I think I said this on media day: 'the first time I'll ever play in a real sports town.' And it definitely lived up to those thoughts. The Sixers, of course, swapped the No. 3 pick to Boston (who took Tatum) for the No. 1 pick (Fultz). Baynes was a defensive stronghold for the Celtics all series underneath, facing off against Joel Embiid more than any other player.

Mike Gerett, 40, sits for a portrait during the fourth quarter of the Sixers playing the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the National Basketball Association playoffs in South Philadelphia May 9. "But we didn't play our best".

The Celtics and Cavaliers will meet in the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight year, but both teams have undergone near-complete overhauls since the Cavaliers eliminated Boston in five games last year.

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In the league's Last Two Minute Report on officiating in the late stages of the Celtics' 114-112 triumph, the league said game officials missed two key calls against Boston. "I feel like there are still ways to get better". At times, it even borders on weird, like when well-compensated professionals dance around in front of the bench during the first halves of otherwise pedestrian regular-season games, making like college walk-ons just happy to be there.

The Celtics' reluctance to look ahead to the Cleveland series is a prudent one. We really took care of business and nobody was lacking. "I think we are just learning".

"He can't shoot, but he's got insane vision on the court. I am not all the way there I have a lot more work to do, and the grind starts now". Redick said he and the Sixers organization have a mutual appreciation for each other and if the money is right, he'll nearly certainly remain in Philadelphia.

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