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Celtics/76ers Notes And History

May 7, 2018

No NBA team has ever overcome a (3-0) series deficit, which is what both Eastern semis are at this point. Both original underdogs, (the Celtics nearly 5 to 1) the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics, look to advance to the NBA semis with wins tonight vs East top seed (what did that mean vs Mr. James, who banked in the winner at the #3 buzzer, denying Tor and 9 to 1 “into overtime,” backers) Toronto (Raptors) and the clearly “not ready” Philadelphia 76ers.

Perhaps incredible, is the fact, this is the eighth time in twelve Celtics/76ers playoff series, in which one team, or the other, has won 3 straight games within the series.

It is also the fourth time, one team or the other took a (3-0) series lead (the Celts have done so thrice– in “quarters” 49 years apart, in ’69 which was Bill Russell and Sam Jones’ last season and culminated in a mind boggling 11th Celts’ crown in 13 seasons all with Bill Russell and all but one of the title seasons with Sam Jones), and now in 2018. Boston also did so in the ’85 semis.

Meanwhile, a great Sixers’ team, referenced here when one of its stars, Hal Greer died weeks back, went up (3-0) in the ’67 semis and then “titled” in 6 vs the then San Francisco Warriors.

All of those (3-0) series ended in 5 games, as there has never been a (4-0) sweep involving the teams.

The Celtics won 3 straight games vs the Sixers to win both the ’68 and ’81 semis in 7, each of which was followed by a somewhat anticlimactic six game title series win.

Philadelphia won three straight to “5” Boston in the ’80 semis and won games (2-4) to go up 3 games to 1, before needing a win at Boston in #7, to win the ’82 semi.

Both of those seasons, the Lakers won the title series vs the 76ers in 6 games, with Earvin “Magic” Johnson being named MVP of the final series.

 

 

 

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