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  1. Boston vs. Philadelphia Game 7: First team to 80 wins?

    May 26, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Rondo drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers guard Turner during the first quarter of Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Game 7. It’s usually when even veterans get tight, playing like they are afraid to make a mistake. It means in Game 7 the offensive numbers plummet — but I don’t know that they can much more in Boston vs. Philadelphia. This has been a series about which team could find enough offense against a…

  2. Video: Doc Rivers, Doug Collins talk defense, Game 7

    May 24, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Coaches like to tell you that Game 6 between Boston and Philadelphia wasn’t ugly, that was just good defense all around. Personally, I think in the NBA good offense can beat good defense often enough to make it interesting, but in that game the offenses were bad. Boston’s was just worse. Here are coaches Doug…

  3. Brandon Bass? Yes, Brandon Bass leads Celtics to win, 3-2 series lead

    May 21, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

    Brandon Bass

    In Game 3, Doc Rivers went with a lot of small ball and not enough Brandon Bass, and after the loss said he regretted it. Well, that worked out well. Brandon Bass scored 18 of his 27 points in the third quarter — Bass alone outscore the Sixers 18-16 in the third — and that…

  4. Video: Andre Iguodala buries Celtics at end of game

    May 19, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    For years, Philly fans have been asking Andre Iguodala to step up. Well, here you go. Down the stretch he knocked down a beautiful stepback jumper and then a dagger three to secure the Sixers Game 4 win, tying the series up at 2-2. Both are strong, confident plays from a guy who can step…

  5. Sixers’ season rests on matching energy, defense of Celtics

    May 18, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers  v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Boston’s veterans came out playing in another gear in Game 3, leaving the Sixers standing by the side of the road looking confused. Rajon Rondo got wherever he wanted on the court and was aggressive doing so on his way to 23 points and 14 assists. Kevin Garnett looked young and quick while Elton Brand…

  6. Celtics find Fountain of Youth (or offense), rout 76ers in Game 3

    May 16, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    For the first couple of games, Boston looked old and injured, with Philly’s aggressive defense forcing improvisation and a lot of missed shots. In Game 3, Boston got their groove back. From 2008. Boston attacked the paint early with post ups, Kevin Garnett could not miss a turnaround jumper on his way to 27 points…

  7. Boston, Philly enter Game 3 thinking… even more defense?

    May 16, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo (C) looks to pass between Philadelphia 76ers Andre Iguodala and Spencer Hawes during the first half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final playoff basketball series in Boston

    It seems weird to say after two games that have felt like Sahara Desert of watchable offense, but going into Game 3 both Boston and Philadelphia are thinking about locking down their defense. But that speaks to the mindsets of why these teams are here. Boston is struggling to score with Paul Pierce and Ray…

  8. Poise? Young Sixers have it, out execute Celtics down stretch to even series

    May 14, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    In Game 1, the Boston Celtics turned up the defensive pressure late, the young 76ers wilted and Boston escaped with a tight win. Lesson learned. The Sixers were the poised team down the stretch Monday, with Jrue Holiday hitting a three, Evan Turner making a difficult scoop shot, all the Sixers playing good defense and…

  9. Sixers try to adjust to little problem of Celtics smallball in Game 2

    May 14, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Andre Iguodala, Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young

    It was a bit surprising in historical context — this is the Boston Celtics, the franchise of Bill Russell, the team who one a 2008 title thanks to their big front line — but it worked, and that’s all Doc Rivers cares about. In Game 1, Rivers went small in the fourth quarter with Kevin…

  10. NBA Playoffs Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers

    May 11, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young, Kevin Garnett

    SEASON RECORDS Boston: 39-27 (No. 5 seed) Philadelphia: 35-31 (8 seed) SEASON SERIES Philadelphia took it 2-1, with the home team winning easily in each game. KEY INJURIES Celtics: Paul Pierce has a sprained knee that will not be right until this summer, Ray Allen is battling through ankle pain that may need surgery, and…

  11. NBA Playoff Preview: Boston vs. New York

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:39 AM EDT

    Celtics' Pierce drives into defense of Knicks' Anthony during the first half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    SEASON RECORDS Celtics: 56-26 (No. 3 seed) Knicks: 42-40 (No. 6 seed) SEASON SERIES Celtics sweep 4-0, but know that two games were in December and one was a meaningless game played largely by substitutes on the last night of the season. So, three of the four have no real bearing on the playoff games…

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