NBA Playoffs: Can 76ers Extend Series Against Celtics?

Celtics NBA Playoffs 2018

Celtics Look to Close out Sixers at Home in Game 5

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics meet at TD Garden in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup. The 76ers extended the series at least one more game by winning Game 4 in Philly. No team has ever come from a 0-3 deficit to advance.

Oddsmakers opened the 76ers as -1.5-point favorites versus the Celtics, while the game’s total opened at 204. The line is not Boston -1 and the total is unchanged.

TV: 8 p.m. EST, TNT

Celtics Suffer Another Injury

The injury-plagued Celtics suffered another one in the game. Shane Larkin injured his left shoulder running into Joel Embiid. This late information just came in on Larkin from ScoresandStats.com

Larkin suffered a sprained shoulder when he collided with Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid in Game 4.

Stevens said imaging tests appeared to indicate that Larkin won’t require surgery. He said Larkin’s shoulder is “very, very sore.”

“Obviously he’ll continue to strengthen it and work on it with our training staff and everything else,” Stevens told reporters. “But I don’t anticipate him back any time soon.”

Jayson Tatum became the first Celtic to have six straight 20-plus-point playoff games since Paul Pierce in 2009. He joined David Robinson, Billy Knight and Donovan Mitchell as the only NBA rookies to achieve the feat since 1975. Utah’s Mitchell scored 20 or more in seven straight games earlier this postseason.

T.J. McConnell Shines For Philly

Inserting T.J. McConnell into the starting lineup provided the spark that the Sixers needed. They stayed alive with a convincing victory in Philadelphia Monday night. He provided the tone for Monday’s win by making 9-of-12 from the field. He did not committing any turnovers.

McConnell will draw his second straight start after his showing. He posted 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes in game 4. McConnell started just one game during the regular season. He provided the tone for Monday’s win by making 9-of-12 from the field.

Dario Saric scored 25 points in game 4 after averaging 12.3 points over the first three games.

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