Let’s go back and look over this Celtics vs 76ers series and see what clues we might find as we await this Game 7 showdown that will decide who gets to play the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Honestly, I don’t know how much good it’s going to do. For one thing, the Philadelphia 76ers are an unexpected party to this NBA playoff season, a team nobody saw coming. The tide began to turn their way though, when Derrick Rose got hurt and the 76ers knocked off the Chicago Bulls, a highly unlikely scenario. From there Philadelphia became this team we have now, a team that believes it can beat anyone if they just hang around long enough.
The Boston Celtics on the other hand, figured to be in the mix. The questions surrounding the Celtics had more to do with age and harmony than anything. A trade away from being a completely different team in 2012, the Boston Celtics were kept together despite the obvious signs of a slowdown and have managed to find themselves once again in the thick of things. But let’s not be foolish here, the Boston Celtics are well aware that the clock is ticking and this group may not be here next season. That makes this Celtics team dangerous.
In Game 7, either the 76ers or Celtics will have to alter the course of this series. Neither team has been consistent, neither team has been able to completely take advantage of the home court. Now the 76ers, who were on the ropes the last game, will have to muster enough pluck to beat the Celtics in TD Garden. The Celtics have to corral an ethereal Rajon Rondo, and hope Kevin Garnett can find another performance like he had in Game 1 of this series. there are no certainties here. This Celtics-76ers contest is wide open.Eric Drouant