Missing an opportunity to take control of the Eastern Conference
semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Boston Celtics lost
Game 1 119-115 in Boston on Monday night, although MVP
contender Joel Embiid was sidelined with a sprained right knee.
The Celtics shot 58.7% from the field and picked up 39 points from
Jayson Tatum, but Boston couldn't match the defensive intensity,
leaving Philadelphia shooting 50.6% from the field. James Harden
also led the Sixers with 45 points and a 3-pointer by 8.1 seconds. I
heard we started well offensively but I don't think there was any
urgency defensively," Celtics center Al Horford said after the game.
Embiid's absence tonight, even if you don't think it was a factor, I
think we need to get better. We must understand that we must be
able to play with what is happening, regardless of the variables. For
our team, I just saw it happen to us for some reason. While Tatum
said he doesn't think the Celtics would underestimate the Sixers