From the opening tip , Philadelphia looked as if they were going to be making a trip back to Boston for game 7 no matter what. The Sixers played with a tenacity that has been inconsistent throughout this second round series against the favored Boston Celtics. Lead by Jrue Holiday’s career best playoff performance, where he had 20 points, 6 assists and 2 steals, Philly showed just how good they can be by winning 82-75 Wednesday night. A lot of analysts predicted that this series could push to 7 games, and now that it is here it will be tough to pick the winner.
Arguably the greatest Philadelphia 76er to ever play, Allen Iverson, presented the game ball in front of over 20,000 screaming and cheerful Philly fans. He raised his hand to his ear to get the crowd pumping, and it seemed as if AI provided an extra jolt of electricity through the stadium that Philly needed to win this game. No one has won consecutive games in this series, which does not bode well for Philadelphia, but that was not what they were thinking about.
“Game 7,” coach Doug Collins said. “That’s all we wanted was to win tonight and give ourselves a chance to go into Boston and see what happens on Saturday.”
Solid bench play from Lou Williams and an overall great defensive performance by the whole team, made coach Collins wish for a game 7 come true. Even though Philly won the game, a lot of people are saying that Boston gave them the game. I don’t think a veteran team like Boston is dumb enough to not bring their “A” game every night in the playoffs, but their team shooting of 33% from the floor as well as committing 17 turnovers doesn’t help my argument.
These two teams have matched up very well throughout this series and I know I am looking forward to game 7. I can’t see Boston letting game 7 slip away considering this is most likely the last time a lot of the veterans on their team will be making it this far in the playoffs with their careers winding down. Take a look at the highlights from last nights game: