Game 1 Preview: 76ers at Celtics

Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller right wing David Backes center Patrice Bergeron and left wing Brad Marchand celebrate their tying goal during the third period of Round One

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Win in 6 Podcast #214: The 17-year wait continues (read here): Adam McGee, Ti Windisch and I reflected on the Bucks' playoff series with the Celtics following their Game 7 loss, the questions that loom large this summer and more in the latest Win in 6.

It brings back images of Wilt Chamberlain vs. Bill Russell.

76ers' Ben Simmons, $15,600: Simmons has been the best play for the 76ers in the playoffs.

Monday night marks Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers, a matchup that has given us historic showdowns like Bird vs Dr. J and Pierce vs Iverson.

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All that history on the parquet floor.

Sure, we might catch these players on TNT, or ESPN or NBA TV for stretches of games sporadically throughout the NBA regular season.

He's not expecting any favors from his hometown crowd. They can't afford to pass on Mike Budenholzer (read here): Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post offered his thoughts on why former Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer is the right man for the job in regards to the Bucks' head coaching position, given where the team stands in their current trajectory. The Celtics hold a 12-7 edge. Embiid again wore the mask he has needed since missing 10 straight games - including the first two of the playoffs.

Stopping the Sixers could be an issue for the Celtics, as five Philly players, led by JJ Redick (20 points), are averaging 16.5 or more points in the postseason. Philly's 89-80 victory in the January 18 series finale featured Embiid going off for 26 points, 18 rebounds and six assists. Add on that Jaylen Brown will not be there to help, and the front court's ability to shut down Embiid will be a determining factor in this series. This would be National Basketball Association legend Doug Collins last time coaching in a playoff game. The 76ers, who finished with a 52-30 record, beat the Miami Heat in a convincing five games, becoming the first team in the East to move on to the second round. A lot of people really appreciated it. "You've got two guys that want to win, two chippy guys".

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Without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, not many expected the Celtics to progress but they showed their resilience and fighting spirit to win in seven.

"When you go to Boston, you will feel (the fans)", Sixers forward Ersan Ilyasova told reporters after Sunday's practice. How good is this guy going to get?

Stevens said guard Jaylen Brown still had some soreness from a hamstring injury he sustained in Game 7 and is doubtful for Game 1 against the Sixers.

"They're playing great. Got a great team, great coach", said Stevens. The 23-year-old averaged 1.07 points per paint touch, which ranked No. 4 overall among all players * a href="https://stats.nba.com/players/touches/?Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&sort=PTS_PER_PAINT_TOUCH&dir=1&CF=PAINT_TOUCHES*GE*150&PerMode=Totals" target="_blank" rel="noopener" *(minimum: 150 paint touches) during the regular season.

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