We’re just midway through one quarter of what should be a long series between the Celtics and the Sixers, but if those first few minutes are any indiciation, Philadelphia has its offensive swagger back. Remember -- early in the regular season, Philly had not only an elite defense (they finished with the third best), but one of the league’s best offenses.
Once Spencer Hawes exited the rotation for a long spell due to injury, the offense fell apart, and it was simply a disaster most nights in the second half of the season. But with 15 points against Boston in six minutes and change, and looking smooth and aggressive, it’s a throwback effort. Can it continue? Will Kevin Garnett find a way to shut down Hawes? Stay tuned.