In the first round of the playoffs against the Bulls, an excellent defensive team, the Sixers shot 40.7 percent from the floor and 24.7 percent on three-pointers. Philly doesn’t have an amazing offense, so those numbers aren’t too surprising.
Like the Bulls, the Celtics have an incredible defense. It was the best in the league this season, edging Chicago and Philly (No. 3). Despite that, the Sixers shot 46 percent from the floor in the first half of Game 1, and hit half of their threes.
Despite playing over their heads on offense, they lead only by five. If they revert to expectations — in the second half or later in the series — they could be in real trouble. The three-pointers in particular seem like fool’s gold.
That said, neither Thad Young nor Lou Williams have gotten going as of yet; when they begin to click, assuming that they do, it’ll be trouble for Boston. Exciting basketball narratives!