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Post by gyso on Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:22 am

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Eastern Semifinals Series: (No.3) Philadelphia 76ers at (No.2) Boston Celtics (Series tied 0-0)



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Tipoff: 8:00 pm EST Monday April 30, 2018, Stadium: TD Garden

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Odds: PHI -3

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Re: Game On! 76ers @ Celtics - April 30, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Semifinals

Post by gyso on Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:28 am

Sixers, Celtics resume long-time playoff rivalry

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=401031671

BOSTON -- The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics turn back the clock when they face each other in the Eastern Conference semifinals that begin in Boston Monday night.

Bill Russell. Wilt Chamberlain. Larry Bird. Julius Erving. Kevin McHale. Hal Greer. Bob Cousy. Billy Cunningham.

This is the NBA's top rivalry in terms of series played. The teams meet for the 20th time in what has always been the Celtics but also been the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia Warriors/Sixers.

"They're playing great. Got a great team, great coach," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after his team eliminated the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night. I think everybody talks about (Joel) Embiid and (Ben) Simmons and rightfully so, but I think it's ... the skill that they've added to their team and their other young guys getting better; and, obviously (JJ) Redick's presence have just opened everything up.

"And they're a bear to play against; you can tell from the last series. I think (coach) Brett (Brown)'s terrific. On down the line. They're terrific."
The Sixers, who have waited through years of tanking to get back to respectability, took care of the Miami Heat in five games of the first round and get the latest shot at their long-time rivals.

Their fans chanted "We want Boston," during their Game 5 and they have them.

Asked Sunday for keys to defeating the Celtics, Sixers coach Brett Brown said, "Just how you're gonna score. ... They're an excellent defensive team. We respect them with what they do defensively and I think they're clever offensively.

"They've got the ability to bother you because the team really can shoot 3s."

The teams, which first met in the playoffs when the Sixers were the Syracuse Nationals (think Larry Costello), haven't met in the postseason since 2012 and have played twice since 1985. They have tangled just twice in 1985 and the Celtics have won the last three series. Philly's last win came in 1982.

The Celtics needed seven games to dispose of Doug Collins' Sixers in 2012.

If you want to consider thorns in each other's sides, for Philly it was Boston's Sam Jones while Bird always considered Andrew Toney poison for the Celtics.

The Celtics, the No. 2 seed in the East, went 3-1 against the Sixers during the regular season, including Boston erasing a 22-point deficit to win the game in London. Philly's 89-80 victory in the Jan. 18 series finale featured Embiid going off for 26 points, 18 rebounds and six assists.

Markelle Fultz, who was "traded" from the Celtics to the Sixers, who accepted Boston's first pick in the draft, did not play against the Celtics in the four games but has since returned.

Jaylen Brown, who had two breakout scoring games in the first round, tweaked a hamstring in the first half of Saturday's game. He was pronounced fit to go but Stevens held him out as a precaution. After the game, Brown said, "I'm ready," adding, when asked if he'll go in the opener, "That's my goal." He was slated for an MRI Sunday and Stevens called him doubtful.

Boston's Marcus Morris, a Philadelphia native, openly rooted for the Sixers in their first-round series and said Sunday, "If we weren't playing them I'd be rooting for Philly. But I hope we sweep them."

The Sixers are the third seed in the conference and are coming off their first series win since 2012.



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Re: Game On! 76ers @ Celtics - April 30, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Semifinals

Post by bobheckler on Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:36 am

Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg
about 21 minutes ago
The Horford Effect: Sixers averaged 11.2 points per 100 possessions less when Al Horford guarded Ben Simmons vs. any other defender. When Horford was on Embiid, that number was 12.8 points per 100 possessions fewer.


Marc D'Amico @celtics
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“One thing that this team, this coaching staff is good at doing is adjusting on the fly,” says Marcus Smart. “Brad Stevens puts us in situations to win in every game we play.”



Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
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Marcus Smart on guarding Ben Simmons: "Biggest challenge is not trying to get into a strength match with him, I guess. That’s not really a challenge for me. I like to think I can guard anyone I’m matched up against."
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:42 pm

Bill Doyle @BillDoyle15
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A takeoff of Garden fans chanting "Beat LA" while Celtics were about to lose Game 7 in 1982 conference finals to Philly


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Post by bobheckler on Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:31 pm

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Re: Game On! 76ers @ Celtics - April 30, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Semifinals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:41 pm

Good Evening . So the Philly fans think they are going to sweep, that is what a philly reporter just said. He did not agree. HAHA

Keep under estimating us, I love it. Nothing like being the underdog.
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:53 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Good Evening .  So the Philly fans think they are going to sweep, that is what a philly reporter just said. He did not agree.  HAHA

Keep under estimating us, I love it.  Nothing like being the underdog.


Hi Rosalie,

If I'm not a "shoo-in" I want to be the underdog. Since, with all our injuries, we're not a shoo-in...

Time to shock the world, and Charles Barkley, again.
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:54 pm

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Re: Game On! 76ers @ Celtics - April 30, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Semifinals

Post by bobheckler on Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:57 pm


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#Celtics make it official and rule Jaylen Brown OUT for tonight's Game 1. Again, that he was so close to playing a good sign that he will be able to give it a go with two more full days rest before Game 2. Marcus Smart will start in Brown's place.
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Re: Game On! 76ers @ Celtics - April 30, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Semifinals

Post by bobheckler on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:12 pm

Gotta stay on Redick's shooting hand. He's the assassin. Simmons and Embiid have the talent but Redick will rain 20 on you and not even break a sweat.
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Re: Game On! 76ers @ Celtics - April 30, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Semifinals

Post by dboss on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:15 pm

Bill Russell in the house
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Re: Game On! 76ers @ Celtics - April 30, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Semifinals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:18 pm

Wouldn't you know, computer issues!!!
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:19 pm

Get the kid going early, he can have a career night if he works at it
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:20 pm

Tatum must OWN Redick tonight. He is our only CLEAR mismatch win...
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:21 pm

Saric is killing us on the O-boards
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Re: Game On! 76ers @ Celtics - April 30, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Semifinals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:21 pm

Boy scary looking at Russ, he looks so frail.  Unbelievable that he is 80. Seems like just yesterday.....
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:22 pm

One thing Philly does do is turn the ball over a lot. Got to take advantage of that
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Post by Ktronic1 on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:24 pm

LOVE RUSS
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Post by bobheckler on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:25 pm

4-14 vs 2-6. Need more fgas, that's ridiculous. We're lucky we're only down 1 when they have 8 more fgas.
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Post by Ktronic1 on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:28 pm

Philly just let Terry go to the hoop and just stood looking.
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Post by Ktronic1 on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:29 pm

Gotta finish J!!
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:30 pm

No way Reddick can keep up with Jason
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:30 pm

Tatum has to finish thru that
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Re: Game On! 76ers @ Celtics - April 30, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Semifinals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:30 pm

Great play by Semi
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:31 pm

Morris never does anything right
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