After losing the opening game of their first round playoff series, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid admitted he has to do a lot more if he wants his team to have a change against the Boston Celtics. Embiid, who ended the first quarter with 12 points on a 5-of-5 shooting, finished the game with 26 points after the Celtics double-teamed him for the rest of the game.
"Obviously not enough [shots]," Embiid said, per ESPN. "I've got to be more aggressive. Maybe we need to call some more plays but I don't know. That's another thing we've got to fix going into Game 2.
Embiid wants to be more aggressive
"I've got to do more. I got one job to do, to carry us. I've got to do more. I got one job to do, to carry us. I'm going to need my teammates to help but I need to do more. I've got to take more shots, I've got to be more aggressive, I've got to help my teammates.
I'm going to need my teammates to help but I need to do more. I've got to take more shots, I've got to be more aggressive, I've got to help my teammates." Celtics guard Jaylen Brown finished the game with 29 points, six rebounds and four assists.
"We've just got to fight," Brown said afterward. "That's what it comes down to. Who wants it the most? Who wants to fight? "Today, we came out and we battled. We were the more physical team and we came out on top.
I was proud of us. We've got to keep that fight up if we want to win this series." Brown hopes his previous playoff experience will help him lead the Celtics to a deep run in this year's postseason. "Experience is everything," Brown said.
"That's the best teacher. I've been lucky enough to be to two Eastern Conference finals, so I feel like I bring a lot of experience. [Tatum] also has been to a conference finals, so continue to feed that to our young guys and play like you've been here before."
Celtics forward Jayson Tatum led all scorers with 32 points and also added 13 rebounds. "It's special," Celtics guard Kemba Walker said of Brown and Tatum. "Those two dudes are super special talents. They showed it today.
Every big moment, they made big plays. Whenever we needed a big play, they made it. "It's just fun to watch. It's really fun to be a part of their growth."