When it comes to great rivalries in the NBA, the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers stand alone, at least in terms of their number of postseason meetings. Sixers head coach Brett Brown knows that fight and most of those great playoff matchups happened before his players were even born.
All-Star centers Joel Embiid and Al Horford will see plenty of one another over the next couple of weeks, with an Eastern Conference finals berth on the line. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are the absolute truth, two ascendant stars capable of bossing a game in their own discrete and destructive ways.
This is more than just the renewal of a classic NBA rivalry, it feels like the first pages of a new chapter in that storied book. While we may get a lot of Philadelphia vs. Boston for supremacy in the East in the coming years, this encounter is different
The Boston Celtics eliminated the Syracuse Nationals with a 111-105 quadruple-overtime win in Game 2 of the 1953 Eastern Division semifinals. The Celtics and 76ers, who moved to Philadelphia from Syracuse and changed their name, will meet again in the postseason tonight. LeBron James has run the Eastern Conference for the better part of a decade with the Heat and Cavaliers, but his control appears to be slipping.
Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are about to find out what the NBA playoffs are really about. After dispatching the Miami Heat in five games in the first round in their first career postseason appearance, the Philadelphia 76ers' youngsters will open the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night in Boston against the Celtics. A civic rivalry that dates back to the Revolutionary War era came of age on the basketball court with Wilt Chamberlain leading the Philadelphia Warriors, and later the 76ers, against Bill Russell's Celtics in the 1960s.
The 76ers went 2-0 in Miami in their first-round win over the Heat. Does that prepare Philadelphia to open its second-round series with the Celtics in Boston tonight? “When we were in Miami … the gym was half-empty,” Sixers reserve Ersan Ilyasova said after the team’s practice.
The Raptors beat the Wizards 4-2 in their first-round series. The Celtics beat the Bucks 4-3 in their first-round series. But that didn’t stop players on Washington and Milwaukee from claiming superiority. Wizards forward Markieff Morris, via Hoop
The 76ers and Celtics are set to face off in the second round of the NBA playoffs, which brings up old memories of their historical rivalry. A competition that stretches back to the 1960s, the back and forth shapes how we think about the series today.
If there was one constant from the Sixers' series against the Heat, it was solid production from Redick. Redick averaged 20.0 points per game in the first round on 45.5 percent shooting from the field. Redick shot 27 of 29 from the charity stripe in the the five-game series, including a perfect 10-for-10 performance in the clincher.
Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe maintained that he didn’t know who Terry Rozier was through most of the first round matchup between the Bucks and Boston Celtics. Rozier was stunning, helping to close Milwaukee on Saturday in Game 7 in Boston with a line of 26 points, nine assists, and six rebounds. Rozier outplayed Bledsoe all series long, and the Celtics weren’t super enthused with Bledsoe’s obvious disrespect.