The Philadelphia 76ers are a team that just will not quit. For the Boston Celtics, this fact does not sit well with their championship hopes. The No. 8 seed Sixers already knocked off the No. 1 seed Chicago Bulls and in forcing a Game 7 against the Celtics, proved their playoff success has not been a fluke.
As a Boston fan this makes me nervous. Are the Sixers serious contenders who can roll through the Eastern Conference and hold their own against the opponent from the West? Have they peaked in taking the current series to the limit?
While the Celtics certainly have their backs against the wall, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, nor Ray Allen will let the "Big 3" era end in such a way. Philadelphia may have an upstart young squad that will be a force for seasons to come, but this is Boston's last hurrah before a building period begins.
Boston comes into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semis finishing the regular season with a 39-27. The Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Quarters in six games.
Philadelphia enters the matchup having finished the season with a 35-31. The Sixers defeated the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Quarters in six games.
The playoff series:
The playoff series is currently tied at 3-3.
Where to watch:
The game can be watched live nationwide on (TBA).
The playoff statistic leaders:
Boston: Paul Pierce- 19.7 points per game, Rajon Rondo- 12.6 assists per game, Kevin Garnett- 10.6 rebounds per game.
Philadelphia: Jrue Holiday- 15.9 points per game, Jrue Holiday- 4.8 assists per game, Evan Turner- 7.5 rebounds per game.
Injuries to note:
Boston: Chris Wilcox (aortic abnormality), Jeff Green (aortic aneurysm), Avery Bradley (dislocated left shoulder).
Philadelphia: No injuries of significance.
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