Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics

Eric Grady

May 4th, 2018


“3…2…1, The Boston Celtics win their first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks.” This was the sound of Tommy Heinsohn and Mike Gorman, the regular announcers for the Boston Celtics after a Game 7 win for the Celtics in Round 1. On Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 the Philadelphia Sixers winning 20 of there 21 games came to Boston with the confidence that they could win the first four games of the series. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers center, after the game then said “ I was sh–tty… We were all bad.” This came after a 117- 101 loss to The Boston Celtics.

Game 2 of a 7 Games series, first to 4 wins, is May 3rd, 2018 between the 76ers and Celtics at TD Garden in Boston, MA. Many analysts expect a very chippy game between the long historic rivals because of the way that the 76ers played this past Tuesday. Other analysts expect a very close game, going down to the wire. Most people believe that it is going to be a big response game for Philadelphia and also a blowout for the Philadelphia 76ers.

        There has been a long history between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics. It ranges from the battles between Bill Russell and Dr. J or also known as Julius Erving to the battles between Charles Barkley and Larry Bird and the Big 3. During the old days or ranging from the 1960’s to the 1990’s there were many fights. Someone would go up for a layup and get tackled to the floor and punches would be thrown. This does not happen these days but there are still some shoving matches. The Celtics vs. 76ers history are filled with chippy close games and series.

        There were many different predictions for this series based on what analyst you listen too. Some people picked Boston to win in 6 or 7 games and others picked Philadelphia to sweep the Celtics.The prediction that I made was that the Boston Celtics would win the series in 7 games.  A. Sherod Blakley and Kyle Draper from NBC Sports Boston predicted the Philadelphia 76ers to win the series in 6 games. Also, both Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith from ESPN’s morning show, First Take, feel the same way. As seen by the predictions made by these analysts many people believe even though the 76ers lost Game 1 in convincing fashion that the 76ers will eventually win this series.

On May 3rd, 2018 the Philadelphia 76ers came back to the TD Garden in Boston, MA to try to tie up the series 1 game to 1 game. They were unsuccessful.  The 76ers lost to the Celtics 108-103 in a close game all the way through. Jason Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Terry Rozier combined for 60 of the 108 points. While this is happening, Sixers Star Point Guard, Ben Simmons only scored 1 point all game and also was benched for half of the fourth quarter. The Boston Celtics play at the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, May 5th at 5 o’clock on ESPN for Game 3.