The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers will meet up in Philly tonight with Boston holding on to a 3-2 lead in the series and trying to end things. The 76ers on the other hand are trying to defy the odds and win this series despite the long shot angle of coming back and winning back to back games. In other words the hopes are that Philly can defy mathematics.
They probably can. And in this case there’s plenty to back things up and for these reasons I have to give credit to ESPN in this article for digging this stuff up. Sometimes I wish I has tons of statistical stuff at my fingertips but I just don’t so Kudos to the big boys for having the money to do this stuff. Anyway, here’s a few reasons the guys have posted:
This has been a back and forth series with no team winning consecutive games. (I knew that.)
Philadelphia hasn’t lost back to back games in the playoffs this year. (Can’t really say I knew that but news is scarce over here.)
Of course in the grand scheme of things these little factoids don’t mean a whole lot. The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers are pretty evenly matched obviously, and it’s going to come down to who wants it more. Of course, NBA fans are screaming for a Celtics vs Heat Eastern Conference Championship series and who can blame them? But first, the Celtics have to get past the 76ers and that’s still up in the air. We’ll find out tonight.Eric Drouant