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REPORT: Sixers starting T.J. McConnell in place of Robert Covington in Game 4

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The Philadelphia 76ers are entering Monday night’s Game 4 with one thing in mind: just win. The Sixers are on the brink of elimination, and desperate times call for desperate measures. That’s why head coach Brett Brown announced that backup guard T.J. McConnell is starting in place of Robert Covington.

This will be McConnell’s first ever playoff start and just the second one of the season. McConnell averaged 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.2 steals per game on 50 percent shooting from the field. After starting 51 games last season, McConnell took a step back to become the backup point guard behind franchise cornerstone Ben Simmons, who started 81 games.

The Sixers are out of options right now. Their season comes down to just one game, and they haven’t really figured the Celtics out. Even if they do come out of Game 4 victorious and force a Game 5, they’ll have the challenging task of trying to win three more games, two of which are in the hostile Celtics environment that is the TD Garden.