With the process still in motion, the Sixers learned a hard lesson tonight against the Celtics. Arguably a mismatch on paper in favor of Philadelphia, turned into a close victory for Boston. Ben Simmons was active on the defensive end in addition to notching seven assists, but was only able to muster a single free-throw in the scoring column. A Sixers team that has been lauded as a resourceful fountain of youth looked dazed and confused as Al Horford rumbled to the rim unabated to seal the game.
Players can struggle, but it was far from the norm to see Ben Simmons record more turnovers than points. With 5 turnovers from Simmons the rookie proved incapable of protecting the ball in game two. A correctable set of mistakes, Brett Brown preached fundamentals as well as noting the abundance of turnovers from Simmons as Brown looked to prepare his team to bring a second round playoff victory to Philadelphia.
A star-studded event including Kevin Hart, Meek Mill, as well as the always honorable Gucci Mane La Flare left little to be desired as both teams put on a great show. Despite a two-handed slam from Jaylen Brown and a silky smooth deuce in transition from Jayson Tatum, the Sixers managed to rally down the stretch. With a twenty point lead in the second quarter, the Sixers failed to find the energy to control their sizable lead heading into halftime. With a loud crowd of Philly faithful at their back, the Sixers will seek redemption at Wells Fargo Center this Saturday night.