4 reasons why the Sixers will beat the Celtics

Sherman Parsons
May 4, 2018

Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site. "That's what happens when you're in the National Basketball Association playoffs". The teams meet for the 20th time in what has always been the Celtics but also been the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia Warriors/Sixers. He faces a Boston team in this series that he averaged 19.3 points per game against during the season. The C's have been a markedly different team at home than on the road, and Rozier has been the poster child for that.

The undermanned Boston Celtics managed to squeak out of a Game 7 against the young and feisty Milwaukee Bucks, penciling another best-of-seven affair with one of the NBA's hottest teams in the Philadelphia 76ers - revitalizing a classic rivalry, with both teams' direction finally intersecting in this Eastern Conference Finals matchup. Ben Simmons had a brilliant series as he averaged 18 points, ten rebounds, and nine assists to lead the team.

With much of the attention focused on Philadelphia young guns Simmons and Joel Embiid, Boston's youth movement of Tatum and Rozier led the way.

Game 1 of this series is set to tip Monday, April 30 at 8 pm ET on TNT. "He's been great all year".

But Rozier's massive production, even though it's mainly occurring in the friendly confines of TD Garden, has been a playoff revelation for Boston.

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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. Did I really just type those words? You can tell from the last series. And it was all the Celtics could handle in a series that went the distance.

While we were enjoying the Red Sox game, my cousin Dan was enjoying the Celtics game in dramatic playoff fashion.

LeBron James (7.0) was the only Eastern Conference postseason player who averaged more field goals per game than Antetokounmpo (6.5). We respect them with what they do defensively and I think they're clever offensively. "The main important thing is just slowing my mind down". With Simmons playing point guard and standing at 6'10, he is an absolute nightmare matchup.We haven't seen a guard with this size, speed, and passing ability since probably Magic Johnson (a little premature, I know). His defensive versatility was vital when they played the 76ers.

The Celtics are looking to advance to the conference finals for the second-consecutive year, while the 76ers are hoping to do so for the first time since the height of the Allen Iverson era in 2001. (And we say initially, because there is bound to be switching, forced or by design.) Do the Celts go big and put Al Horford on Simmons and have Aron Baynes put some muscle on Embiid?

Brown said after the Celtics' Game 7 victory that trainers believed he had a Grade 1 sprain. Here's our NBA Daily Fantasy plays for tonight's Game 1. He's even taking anti-inflammatories, which he said he hates doing.

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