The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics renew their historic playoff rivalry as both teams advances to the 2018 NBA Playoffs‘ Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The Sixers got to this second round series contest by outscoring the Miami Heat in five matchups in their opening round game.
The Celtics had to survive an exhausting seven-game series to clinch the ticket to the conference semis against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Boston needed the full seven games to eliminate the Bucks in the first round elimination of the playoffs, and now an even greater competition lies ahead in the form of the Philadelphia Sixers.
The 76ers has their full compliment of professional basketball players, while the Celtics will be entering the Game 1 of the series without their best players: Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and could be without Jaylen Brown, who is doubtful for the Game One due to a hamstring injury. Brown strained his right hamstring in Celtics’ Game 7 triumph against the Bucks.
Brown will leave some huge role to fill should he sidelines. The 21-year-old shooting guard/small forward recorded 17.9 points per game on 46.7 percent shooting against Bucks, including a couple of matchups with at least 30 points. His nonappearance would mean more on the pictur for Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart, among others.
Horford was remarkable in the Round 1 of the playoffs, putting up 18.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting nearly 59 percent from the floor. Meanwhile, Tatum and Rozier were also essential in Game 7. Tatum contributed 20 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Rozier chipped in 26 points and nine assists.
Ben Simmons, the Sixers’ number one overall pick in the 2016 draft, nearly averaged a triple-double in his first appearance in playoff series, averaging 18.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and nine assists per game.
Joel Embiid, who missed the first two games of the first round series, averaged 18.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per matchup. J.J. Redick led the team in chipping in at 20 points per game as 76ers put up over 114 points per contest in the recent round.
Both organizations have not met in the postseasons since way back in 2012 in the conference semifinals, which the Celtics won in seven games.
How to watch Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Date: Monday, April 30
Game Time: 8 p.m. ET
Venue: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
TV Broadcast: TNT
Online Stream: TNTDrama.com or TNT App
Celtics-76ers Playoff Series Schedule
Game 1 76ers at Boston: Monday, April 30, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 76ers at Boston: Thursday, May 3, 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 Celtics at Philadelphia: Saturday, May 5, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 Celtics at Philadelphia: Monday, May 7, 6:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 76ers at Boston: Wednesday, May 9, TBA, TNT (if necessary)
Game 6 Celtics at Philadelphia: Friday, May 11, TBA, ESPN (if necessary)
Game 7 76ers at Boston: Sunday, May 13, TBA (if necessary)
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