Sixers leaning on road success to help them be ready for Game 7

CAMDEN, N.J.–All season long, the Philadelphia 76ers have been a tough team on the road. They finished the regular season with a 25-16 road record and they are 4-1 so far on the road in the playoffs.

As they head back to TD Garden for Game 7 against the Boston Celtics, they are in a tough position after dropping an opportunity to eliminate the Cs at home, but all is not lost.

The Sixers have two road wins in this series with the Celtics and as they head back up for Game 7, coach Doc Rivers believes his team is tougher as they head into this matchup.

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“We’re a different team,” Rivers said on Saturday. “We’re just a better team. Tomorrow will be what we’ve been trying to keep improving on. We’re tougher, and we’re going to have to be. We’re more physical and we don’t worry about the atmosphere. We play and we’ve done that all year. If I’m a guessing man, I think we’re going to do that tomorrow.”

Rivers has instilled a toughness and a strong mindset into his team that they have leaned on and needed all season. They will have to do so again with the season on the line on Sunday afternoon.

“I think we’ve been road warriors all year,” added Georges Niang. “I think Doc has said numerous times. This is a we season and it’s just us. We’re all we have on the road and I think we kinda relish in that and love that when it’s just us against the world.”

The Sixers have fought through a lot of adversity. They have done an excellent job of proving their toughness and being able to battle and overcome challenges, but Game 7 will be a different test. Their season is on the line and they have to go into one of the more hostile environments in the league.


“Well, we better and I think we are,” Rivers said of his team being ready to fight. “You could feel the energy today (Saturday). They didn’t come today thinking, ‘Ah, we’ve got to go.’ They came today ready to get on the plane, looking forward to it.”

Game 7 is Sunday afternoon from the TD Garden.


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Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire