Key adjustments Boston must make ahead of Conference Semifinal matchup with Philadelphia

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It's no secret Celtics guard Terry Rozier and Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe had some tension on the court as they battled it out in the first-round series of the playoffs, but now that the series is over, the two embraced each other after Game 7.

Philadelphia's opponent, the Boston Celtics, at one point seemed like the favorite in the East but after losing Kyrie Irving for the season, Boston has struggled mightily to find consistent offense.

Freshness factor - The Sixers will obviously be the much fresher team coming into this Game 1 after close to a full week off.

The undermanned Boston Celtics managed to squeak out of a Game 7 against the young and feisty Milwaukee Bucks, penciling another best-of-seven affair with one of the NBA's hottest teams in the Philadelphia 76ers - revitalizing a classic rivalry, with both teams' direction finally intersecting in this Eastern Conference Finals matchup.

All those banners hanging from the Garden rafters.

It brings back images of Wilt Chamberlain vs. Bill Russell. Then in the 1980s, Larry Bird and Julius Erving picked things up again when their teams squared off in the Eastern Conference Finals three straight years. Celtics vs 76ers tv channel schedule is on TNT.

He's not expecting any favors from his hometown crowd. I think it's incredibly exciting to revisit that with my young guys and show them, before we even got into X's and O's and scout tape, a look at the history here.

"I hope so", Brown said.

Boston shot 47 percent from three-point territory and the 76ers shot 19 percent.

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Two years after winning just 10 games, the Process is paying off for the 76ers.

Ben Simmons almost averaged a triple-double in his first playoff series, going for 18.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and nine assists per game. Simons leads in rebounds with 10.6 and in assists with 2.4 per game.

"They're super-talented", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. It rarely happens that you can do that. In response, Rozier pushed back and got a technical. A guy that's been there my entire life and not really seeing it at its peak.

The Celtics have proven on a consistent basis this season that they can win without Irving, who played in 60 games during the year.

They know that transition defense will also be a key against Philadelphia, which was one of the best in the National Basketball Association on the break. "But when you go to Boston, you will feel it". That's what my job is, to go out there and do that, challenge that. The Sixers will have to figure out Boston's defense in order to steal Game 1 on the road.

"It's going to be like playing at the Wells Fargo Center, as loud as it gets in the playoffs", J.J. Redick said.

The Sixers, of course, came up on the losing end of the series after walking out of the first round in six games, completely unscathed as an eight seed, mainly because of Bulls' star guard Derrick Rose going down with a torn ACL, the beginning of his demise. Al Horford pitched in 21 points and 8 rebounds. He said on Saturday he would be back.

"Whatever it takes, I wouldn't miss this series for the world", Brown said.

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