Breakfast Special: Terry Rozier, Kyrie Who?

The Boston Celtics drew first blood in the Eastern Conference semifinals and remained undefeated at home in the playoffs in five games with a 117-101 clobbering of the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night.

Besides Terry Rozier, who has been a more than capable replacement for Kyrie Irving, there’s also Jayson Tatum, who replaced Gordon Hayward, and Al Horford, who might just be the Ben Simmons-killer in this series.

Because Simmons was, while not a complete non-factor, not his sensational self, especially when Horford was guarding him.

He had 18 points on 6-of-11 from the field and 6-of-11 from the line, added seven rebounds and six assists, but turned the ball over seven times.

Meanwhile, the Celtics won this game on the perimeter; Philly shot 5-of-26 from three-point land, while Boston shot 17-of-35.

Rozier led the way, going 7-of-9 from that range on his way to 29 points, while Aron Baynes, who was 3-of-21 from three during the regular season and just 4-of-28 in his entire career, hit two out of three from long range to shock the world.

Tatum had 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting, making his bread and butter at the free throw line, where he was 11 of 12 .

And Horford, defensively brilliant, was pretty good on offense too, scoring 26 points on 10-of-12.

The Celtics’ three stars together had 83 points, shooting 29-of-46 (63.0 percent) from the field, 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) from three, and 15-of-16 (93.8 percent) from the line.

The rest of the Celtics as a team? 34 points, 12-of-39 (30.8 percent) from the field, 7-of-18 (38.9 percent) from three, and 3-of-3 from the line.

That’s the faint comfort Philly gets out of this one. If they don’t get killed by three guys at their absolute best, they have a chance to win if they themselves play well.

After all, Philly only lost the turnover battle 12-10, they dominated the boards 45-36, and they shot 16 more free throws, going 26-of-35 from the line.

They just didn’t make shots, especially from three.

Oh, and the last time the Celtics had three 25-point scorers? How about 1987, with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, only the greatest frontcourt in NBA history?

Rozier is your man of the match:

Speaking of Larry Bird, Tatum became the first Celtics rookie since Larry Legend in 1980 to score 28 points in the playoffs:

And Horford…well, he’s Al Horford.

Cleveland travels to Toronto Tuesday, part of a twin bill with Game 2 of the Pelicans-Warriors series.

Full recaps and highlights are coming tomorrow, right here on the Breakfast Special. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!