PHILADELPHIA — Follow live streaming coverage of the Eastern Conference semi-final Game 3 clash between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on WatchESPN on Saturday.
The game, which is also available live on television on the ESPN network, will get going at 5:00 pm ET
Philadelphia, which started the series as the favourite, is looking to bounce back at home after losing both games in Boston last week.
Saturday’s game is the 20th postseason battle between the Boston and Philadelphia with the Celtics winning 12 of the previous 19 meetings.
Boston, playing without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, won Game 1 of the series 117-101 and rally to take Game 2 108-103 to lead the seven-game-series 2-0.
In Game 2, Boston fell to a 48-26 deficit early in the second quarter, but rallied to take control.
“I think the Celtics defensive intensity went to a higher level,” said Jaylen Brown, who returned from injury to score 13 points off the bench in Game 2.
“I think somewhere at the five-minute mark and we brought Joel (Embiid) and JJ (Redick) back into the game in the second period.
“We give them credit. They went on a little run and then they went on another run I think at two minutes left.”
Big man Al Horford is averaging 12 points, seven rebounds and 4.7 assists in this season for Boston, while Terry Rozier, who has slotted in well as the starting point guard for the injured Irving, is putting out 19.1 points, 6.9 assists and 5.0 rebounds this postseason.
Meanwhile, for the Sixers, who were losing back-to-back games for the first time since their two-game losing streak in late February, will be hoping Ben Simmons can shake off his disappointing performance from the last outing.
Simmons, one of the top contenders for the rookie of the year crown this season, went 0-4 from the field in Game 2 and finished with one point in 31 minutes.
His -44 this series is also the worst plus/minus of any 76ers player, according to ESPN.
Big center Joel Embiid scored averages 21.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in this season and grabbed two double-doubles so far in this series.
Boston is yet to win on the road this postseason but will be hoping to steal one in Philly on Saturday.