Celtics Vs. Sixers: Complete Eastern Semifinals Series Coverage

Two teams that were at points during this season in danger of missing the postseason entirely improbably meet in what should be a molasses-imbued slugfest in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals.

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Sixers Vs. Celtics, Game 7: The Fate Of A Compelling East Finals Hangs In The Balance

Only the Celtics can give us a compelling Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat. Sorry, Sixers.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Celtics Vs. 76ers Game 7: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Celtics and 76ers will play for the right to go to the Eastern Conference Finals in a series-deciding Game 7.

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The Celtics' Greatest Decoy

The Boston Celtics continue to march on in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, but it's been sad to watch Ray Allen transform into an ordinary player thanks to age and injury.

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Celtics Vs. 76ers, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 5: Celtics Win 101-85

The Celtics used a strong second half to pull away from the 76ers and win Game 5, 101-85. The win gives Boston a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series.

The Celtics trailed by three points at halftime, but outscored Philadelphia 54-35 in the second half. Brandon Bass led the way for the Celtics with 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and pulled down six rebounds. Rajon Rondo, who racked up 59 assists during the first four games of the series, had 14 assists in Game 5.

Elton Brand had his best scoring game of the series, finishing with 19 points to lead the 76ers. Evan Turner recorded his second double-double of the series, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds. After making 23-of-42 shots in the first half, Philadelphia struggled in the second half, making just 13-of-35 shots.

The series shifts back to Philadelphia for Game 6 on Wednesday.


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Fixing The NBA Playoffs: Heat Vs. Celtics Or Bust

No offense to the Pacers and Sixers, but exactly nobody outside of your respective fan bases cares to see you in the NBA's version of the Final Four. You don't have to like the Heat and Celtics to want them in the conference finals. So make it happen, Stern.

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Celtics Vs. 76ers, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 2: Philadelphia Evens Series With 82-81 Win

After losing by one point in Game 1, the 76ers evened their series with Boston with a one-point win of their own in Game 2. Philadelphia's 82-81 victory tied their best-of-seven game series with the Celtics 1-1.

Jrue Holiday led the way for the 76ers with 18 points, while Andre Iguodala finished with 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Spencer Hawes was two points shy of a double-double, finishing with eight points and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes.

Ray Allen scored 17 points off the bench to lead the Celtics. Fresh off a triple-double in Game 1, Rajon Rondo finished Game 2 with eight points, seven rebounds and 13 assists. He now has 20 assists through two games of this series. Paul Pierce scored just seven points in the losing effort. Pierce is averaging 10.5 points per game in this series after scoring 21.2 points per game in the Celtics opening-round series against Atlanta.

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Sixers Vs. Celtics, 2012 NBA Playoffs: Boston Comes Back, Defeats Philly 92-91

The Philadelphia 76ers led by as many as 13 points in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, but at no point did anyone believe that the Boston Celtics, led by another renaissance performance from Kevin Garnett, would just roll over. The Celtics battled back, fell behind again, battled back and eventually held off a late Sixers run to win, 92-91, and take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Garnett was spectacular in the game. The Big Ticket (remember when we called him that?) was written off by many with chronic knee issues, but he's come through again and again for the Celtics in the first seven games of the playoffs. He finished with a brilliant 29 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, and had one of his typical, terrific defensive efforts. On a night when Paul Pierce struggled — he shot just 3-11 for 14 points, though he did have six rebounds and six assists — Garnett was the Celtics' alpha and omega, and it was enough.

Of course, it helped that Rajon Rondo, who played far below his capabilities in the first half, wound up finishing with another one of his ludicrous triple-doubles: 13 points, 17 assists, 12 rebounds. Rondo, defying all logic, even hit several clutch jump shots late in the game to help seal the victory, also committing the most intelligent foul of the playoffs so far.

The Sixers probably played better than anyone, save for the most devout Sixers fans, expected. Spencer Hawes was their catalyst against the Bulls and he keyed their efforts in the second half, making a few plays only he could make. As a 7-footer, he went coast-to-coast on a layup, hit some crucial jumpers and played largely mistake-free basketball. He finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.

What ultimately doomed Philly on Saturday was also their main bugaboo during the regular season: They have no go-to scorer. Once Paul Pierce hit a jumper to put the Celtics up 90-84, Andre Iguodala (19 points, six rebounds, six assists) and Jrue Holiday hit clutch jumpers, but it was too late. Rondo's heady foul ensured they wouldn't have a chance to tie the game and send it to overtime. While Pierce, Rondo and Garnett were hitting their clutch buckets, the Sixers' offense floundered, ultimately dooming them to a loss. All they need, however, is to win in Game 2 and they'll take home-court advantage. After their performance in Game 1, no one would be surprised if that happened.

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NBA Playoff Schedule: Celtics Vs. Sixers Begins In Boston Saturday

The Celtics and Sixers will begin their playoff series on Saturday in Boston.

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