Before the Boston Celtics took to the court for shootaround this morning at the Wells Fargo Center, coach Doc Rivers talked to the media about what was most concerning after their Game 2 loss to the Sixers that evened the series at 1-1. Rivers will be looking for more from his star players tonight, particularly Kevin Garnett, who scored 29 in the first game but was limited to 15 on Monday.
"We have to be more aggressive offensively, we have to get to the basket more," said Rivers. "I thought Game 1 and Game 2 we were basically taking jump shots. We shot nine free throws at home (Game 2). That should never happen. We're trying to get Paul (Pierce) to his spots, but we're not sure where those spots are right now. Right now he can't get away from anybody with his leg. We'll look to get more pin downs for him. Usually he can shake the (defender) on his own. We're going to have to use him a lot like Ray (Allen), get him off screens then get him space.
"If (Garnett) gets double-teamed, then other players will get shots. If they don't double-team him, then he'll get shots. Kevin had 18 touches in Game 2, which is a lot, but 13 of them were in the third and fourth quarters. We need an in-out game starting the game, and we didn't do that. We fell in love with the jump shot and we fell in love with our random offense."
The Philadelphia 76ers evened their Eastern Conference semifinal series at 1-1 with a 82-81 victory over the Celtics in Boston. The Daily News' Bob Cooney breaks down the game with the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.
BOSTON -- Sixers forwards Thaddeus Young and Elton Brand are both expected to play in tonight's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Boston.
The Sixers said Brand has a strained neck that is impacting the left side of his body. He saw a chiropractor Sunday and was still sore Monday during the team's light shootaround. Brand said the neck has been bothering him for about a week.
Brand played only a bit over 15 minutes on Saturday, partially due to the injury, partially due to the effectiveness of Lavoy Allen, who scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in just under 20 minutes.
BOSTON -- Thaddeus Young sat courtside after Sunday's film/shooting session at TD Garden with an ice pack wrapped around his right shin. While the team relayed to the media during the game that he had sprained his right ankle, Young cleared up the injury a bit Sunday.
"I actually got kneed in the shin which caused me to roll my ankle a little bit, but it was the shin that hurt," Young said. "I tried to run it out, but it kind of spasmed up a little bit. I'll be fine. I'll definitely play."
He missed a little time in the second quarter due to the injury and didn't play at all in the third quarter but was able to return to play throughout the fourth.
Video: The Celtics came back to defeat the 76ers 92-91 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Daily News' Bob Cooney breaks down the game with The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy.
The rivalry between the 76ers and Boston Celtics used to be among the best in all of sports. Russell vs. Chamberlain. Bird vs. Erving. Malone vs. Parrish.
Times have certainly changed but many remember how riveting the games between the green and white and the red, white and blue used to be.
“I grew up and the Sunday afternoon game we used to get when I was a kid was the Sixers and the Celtics, either from Boston Garden or from Philadelphia,” said Sixers coach Doug Collins. “I remember the parquet floor and I remember how I couldn’t wait to go to the Garden and see the parquet and it wasn’t what I thought it would be. I thought it was going to be this beautifully polished parquet floor that you could eat off of and I realized that wasn’t the case.
UPDATE: While it is unclear how much -- if any -- Joakim Noah will play, he is listed as "available" for the Bulls.
Bulls center Joakim Noah will be on the court for wramups tonight to see if he is ready to return to action after missing the last two games with a sprained ankle.