If you’re particularly pessimistic about the Celtics, this story won’t make you feel any better. The Athletic’s Jared Weiss on Saturday published a lengthy piece detailing apparent dysfunction within the 2020-21 Celtics. The story was inspired by Friday’s trading of Kemba Walker, who reportedly had an iffy relationship with former head coach Brad Stevens.
Eastern Conference Semifinals: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors The last two Game 7 victories for the 76ers came in the 2001 playoffs. The Eastern Conference Semifinals that year against the Toronto Raptors was a memorable back and forth showcase for Allen Iverson and Vince Carter. Iverson averaged 33.7 points per game and had two 50-point games in the series, while Carter averaged 30.4 points and had a 50-point game of his own for the Raptors.
The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Brooklyn Nets in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday night to advance to the conference finals against either the Philadelphia 76ers or Atlanta Hawks. And yet here we are thinking about the Boston Celtics, who were bounced in just five games against the Nets during the first-round series earlier this postseason. The reason being comes down to something pertaining to the offseason.