Garnett: Sixers are playing physically

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Garnett: Sixers are playing physically

WALTHAM -- The Philadelphia 76ers know Kevin Garnett. The veterans on the team have played against him for years while the younger players grew up watching him.

To Garnett, he isnt differentiating his opponents. In the Eastern Conference Semifinals series (tied 2-2), theyre all playing him the same.

All the big guys are playing physical, Garnett said prior to practice on Sunday. I cant tell one guy from the next. Spencer Hawes is playing just as physical as the young kid (Lavoy Allen). Its all the same.

During a postseason in which overall team play has been inconsistent at points, Garnetts performance from the field has been one of the mainstays for the Boston Celtics.

But after shooting 70.6 percent (12-17) in the C's Game 3 win over the 76ers last week, he struggled in Friday's Game 4 loss. He shot just 3-for-12 (25.0) while scoring nine points, breaking his four-game double-double streak.

Theyre very aggressive, said Garnett.

The Celtics will make an effort as a team to get Garnett going on offense. Garnett himself has watched, and will continue to review, game tape to make the necessary adjustments for a necessary Game 5 win on Monday in Boston.

Its critical, Garnett said of their upcoming contest. Nothing more, nothing less than that. Were at home. Weve got to win tomorrow.

Brown fires up Celtics teammates with tomahawk dunk over Vucevic

Brown fires up Celtics teammates with tomahawk dunk over Vucevic

Well it appears that Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic wasn’t the only one who didn’t see Jaylen Brown’s powerful dunk over him coming. 
 
Apparently, Brown didn’t see it coming either. 
 
“It caught me off-guard,” Brown said after Boston’s 117-87 thumping of the Magic. “I wasn’t even expecting it. It happens. It’s part of basketball. It’s two points.”
 
The play in question came early in the second quarter when Brown blew past Jodie Meeks into the lane and took off towards the rim. 
 
Vucevic jumped late, got dunked on and the Celtics bench went bananas!
 
“It gave our team a lot of energy,” Brown acknowledged.
 
Brown understands part of his job in coming off the bench is to make an impact with effort. 
 
And in doing so, he senses that his teammate’s confidence him in and his game can only grow.
 
“I feel like my teammates are trusting me more, getting more trust from the coaching staff,” said Brown who finished with 13 points. 
 
Avery Bradley likes what he’s seen from Brown, a young player who has shown tremendous promise. 
 
And that dunk over Vucevic?
 
“You’re going to see a lot more of those in his career,” Bradley said. “He gets us going.”