PBT Extra: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics preview

Kurt Helin
NBC Sports

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. Without Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward, the Celtics need to slow the pace, clog lanes, and grind this game down. They can do that better than Miami could — the Celtics are disciplined, don’t turn the ball over, and have talent like Al Horford that creates some matchup challenges.

In the end, the talent of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons — and the guys around them such as J.J. Redick — will win out, but it won’t be easy. I get into all of that in this latest PBT Extra.

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