The Philadelphia 76ers, led by Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, meet the shorthanded Boston Celtics in Game 1 of their best of seven Eastern Conference NBA playoff seminfinals on Monday, April 30, 2018 (4/30/18) at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Celtics guard Jaylen Brown is doubtful for Game 1 with a strained right hamstring, coach Brad Stevens said, while adding that he could return later in the series.
The Celtics are already without stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, as well as Daniel Theis.
Here's what you need to know:
Who: Sixers vs. Celtics
What: Game 1, Eastern Conference playoff series
When: Monday, April 30, 2018
Where: TD Garden, Boston
Time: 8 p.m. Eastern
Line: Sixers -3.5
Simmons and Embiid are about to find out what the NBA Playoffs are really about.
After dispatching the Miami Heat in five games in the first round in their first career postseason appearance, the Philadelphia 76ers' youngsters will open the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night in Boston against the Celtics.
All those banners hanging from the Garden rafters.
All that history on the parquet floor.
All that bad blood between the two cities.
A civic rivalry that dates back to the Revolutionary War era came of age on the basketball court with Wilt Chamberlain leading the Philadelphia Warriors, and later the 76ers, against Bill Russell's Celtics in the 1960s. Larry Bird and Julius Erving picked it up in the 1980s.
Celtics forward Marcus Morris, a Philadelphia native, grew up watching the Allen Iverson-led 76ers that went to the NBA Finals in 2001 but lost to Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker's Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals the following year.
He's not expecting any favors from his hometown crowd.
"I'm expecting the same treatment as far as them not even caring that I'm from Philadelphia," he said after practice on Sunday, a day after the Celtics advanced by eliminating the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of their first-round series. "I really don't care either, when I'm competing against them."
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