Sixers @ Celtics
8:00 PM EST
Boston: 96.5 points per 100 possessions (11th)
Philadelphia: 96.8 points per 100 possessions (10th)
Boston: 93.2 points allowed per 100 possessions (1st)
Philadelphia: 95.0 points allowed per 100 possessions (4th)
Probable Sixers Starters: Jrue Holiday (PG), Evan Turner (SG), Andre Iguodala (SF), Elton Brand (PF), Spencer Hawes (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Philadunkia
Thumbnail: Here it is: another Game 7 in the Big 3 era, and yet, for me, this uncomfortable feeling never gets any easier. In the playoffs, all elimination games are vital, but this one has an altogether different type of aura. This could be the last time we see Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce together as Celtics. This could be the final 48 minutes of an era that brought this organization two Finals appearances and its 17th banner.
But then again, the morbidity of it all might be unnecessary. This aging group had an extra day of rest for tonight’s showdown, which is absolutely crucial. (Although when he was asked right before the game whether or not he could sense how Ray Allen was feeling, Rivers gave his signature non-answer answer with a smile on his face.) The Celtics have more talent, more experience, and the two (or three, depending on your personal opinion) best players in the series on their side. This is a game they should win, and are favored to do so. Hopefully they get it done.
Prediction: Celtics 81, Sixers 74