Dario Saric drives to the basket against Marcus Morris. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- It was a tough Game 4 loss for the Celtics last night. They were in foul trouble from the jump, turned the ball over 15 times, were out-rebounded by 10 overall and by that same number on the offensive glass, and out-shot by 19.
In many ways, it was kind of miraculous they were within six late and only lost by 11.
Coach Brad Stevens said the Sixers presented a number of problems.
"The offensive rebounds were enormous for them," he said. "Just, the extra possessions. Neither team shot it great, but they were really good tonight. Hats off to their team, hats off to Brett and his staff, they were terrific."
Part of the problem, too, was T.J. McConnell. The guard replaced Robert Covington in the starting unit and had a career-high 19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and not a single turnover.
Ben Simmons was thrilled.
"The energy, I think, that T.J. brought was huge for us," he said. "He really stepped up, but I think everybody fed off that energy, and really took care of business."
So, Game 5 tomorrow at the Garden.
How is Marcus Morris feeling?
"I'm ready to go now," he said. "They did what they were supposed to do and they got one, but we'll do what we're supposed to do and we got one. We go back, like I said, 3-1, and hopefully we'll put it away."
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports