Simmons' Sixers bounced by Baynes' Celtics

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BEN Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers have been given a serious reality check, with the Boston Celtics delivering a game-one beatdown to open the Eastern Conference semi-finals with a dominant victory at home.

The owners of the best match in his career he played Terry Roser - changer Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and converted 7 of 9 three-pointers. Embiid went for 31 points, 13 rebounds and five assists Monday night.

The Celtics connected on 17 of 35 shots from three (48.6%), while the Sixers missed 21 of 26 3-point attempts and shot 42% from the field overall.

Despite Brown's absence in Game 1, the Celtics took a 1-0 series lead with a 117-101 win Monday.

His Philadelphia 76ers were nearly literally run off the court by the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday night.

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Simmons, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft who sat out all of a year ago with an injury, was heckled by the Boston crowd with chants of "Not a rookie!"

Brown told NBC Sports Boston, "I'll be back".

"I love when people talk trash", Embiid said.

When he strutted into the building wearing a Drew Bledsoe jersey - a parting shot at Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe - we should have known that the long ball was going to fall his way. Brett Brown and his troops must commit themselves to each other on the defensive side of the floor. I never thought we were in the game. Philadelphia picked Markelle Fultz; he did not play on Monday night. "I don't think we started off the game as crisp as we ended it, but, yeah, that could be - that could certainly be a reason for whether they were a little bit rusty in Game 1 or whether we had the rhythm from Game 7". When they do, the team's role players will once again be tested. But as great as LeBron is, I'm not sure that him going to that team really helps Simmons become the player the really needs to be. The Sixers are at their best when they are playing fast and shooting early and often. "Because I grew up in New England and I'm not young". LeBron James said he was "burnt" after the Cavs' Game Seven win against IN, so fans will pay attention to whether he has recovered enough for Cleveland to take this imperative game. Since the start of the 2013 playoffs (including this year's three Game 1s), the team that entered with more rest between series is 10-8.

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